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In slowing recidivism, they turned prisoners from tax burdens into taxpaying...
1. repeated or habitual relapse, as into crime. 2. (Psychiatry) the chronic tendency toward repetition of criminal or antisocial behavior patterns.
Critics say that medical care will deteriorate if damages are capped.
to make or become worse or inferior in character, quality, value, etc.
A steadfast gaze.
fixed in direction; steadily directed
Fretting about the lost ring isn't going to help.
to feel or express worry, annoyance, discontent, or the like
The assets had been secreted in Swiss bank accounts
(Verb) 1. (of a cell, gland, or organ) Produce and discharge (a substance). 2. Conceal; hide
Lactate (-ation) [lak-teyt]
Calcium lactate has similar absorption as calcium carbonate, but is more expensive.
to produce milk
Some ventricular tachycardias may be treated with an ablation procedure.
the removal, especially of organs, abnormal growths, or harmful substances, from the body by mechanical means, as by surgery.
serving to cleanse
Consists mainly of fine-grained, dark gray arenaceous rock with well developed slaty cleavage.
(Geology, Petrology) (of rocks) sandlike; sandy.
a great magician
Let go and it clamps shut, forming a solidly-joined appendage that works as a...
a subordinate part attached to something; an auxiliary part; addition
But some pellets may find their way into the appendix.
supplementary material at the end of a book, article, document, or other text, usually of an explanatory, statistical, or bibliographic nature.
1. energetic motion toward a point. 2. the act of striking against something. 3. (Astronomy) the approach or occurrence of conjunction between two celestial bodies.
to approve officially
So suggests research into a little-known type of adipose tissue called brown...
fatty; consisting of, resembling, or relating to fat
1. a didactic narrative; a moral fable. 2. an allegory.
The lump indicates that the antigen has been injected at the correct depth.
(Immunology) any substance that can stimulate the production of antibodies and combine specifically with them.
On the other hand, honey is a valuable commodity, so apiculture might prove a profitable sideline for farmers.
beekeeping, especially on a commercial scale for the sale of honey
The graceful amenities of society.
an agreeable way or manner; courtesy; civility
Small animals inhabited the woods
to live or dwell in (a place), as people or animals
1. to take or let in; admit. 2. to use or apply
A fortiori [ah fohr-ti-oh-ree]
If Britain cannot afford a space programme, then, a fortiori, neither can India
for similar but more convincing reasons
He was adamant that he not be afforded any "special" privileges.
utterly unyielding in attitude or opinion in spite of all appeals, urgings, etc.
something added; an addition
Vandals mutilated the painting.
to injure, disfigure, or make imperfect by removing or irreparably damaging parts
(Arithmetic) a number to be multiplied by another
They'd stop to go to the opera and trawl for antiques.
1. to fish with a net that drags along the sea bottom to catch the fish living there 2. to seek or gather (something, such as information, or someone, such as a likely appointee) from awide variety of sources
a solid figure having many faces
a person of great and varied learning
To call him a polymath would be a gross understatement.
a person of great learning in several fields of study; polyhistor
They can go abroad, to countries where the authorities sanction or ignore...
authoritative permission or approval, as for an action
The hackneyed images of his poetry.
made commonplace or trite; stale; banal
An intimate friend.
associated in close personal relations
Or, put more briefly, because language choice isn't sheer pragmatism.
of or pertaining to a practical point of view or practical considerations.
Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
any one of a class of viruses that cause tumours, including warts, in humans. Certain strains infect the cervix and have been implicated as a cause of cervical cancer
To cultivate a singing voice.
to develop or improve by education or training; train; refine
The French propagated the idea that the English were violent and gluttonous drunkards OR Try propagating your own houseplants from cutting
1. Spread and promote (an idea, theory, knowledge, etc.) 2. Breed specimens of (a plant, animal, etc.) by natural processes from the parent stock
In composition, writing groups are standard operating procedure.
an act or a manner of proceeding in any action or process; conduct.
Modus Operandi [moh-duhs op-uh-ran-dee]
mode of operating or working; procedure
She is a motherly figure, but altogether unlike his mother, motherly in a way that allows too for muliebrity.
womanly nature or qualities; femininity
Effervesce (-nt) [ef-er-ves]
The parents effervesced with pride over their new baby.
to show enthusiasm, excitement, liveliness, etc.
A sparse population.
thinly scattered or distributed
Teachers tend to purvey what they themselve shave learned.
to provide, furnish, or supply (especially food or provisions) usually as a business or service.
a boisterous, bold, and carefree girl; a tomboy.
a way or manner of speaking; vernacular; idiom
The pony was prancing.
(of a horse) Move with high springy steps
Murder Mystery Games
are generally party games wherein one of the partygoers is secretly, and unknowingly, playing a murderer, and the other attendees must determine who among them is the criminal. This may involve the actual 'murders' of guests throughout the game, or may open with a 'death' and have the rest of the time devoted to investigation.
1. The branch of medicine that deals with the provision and use of devices such as braces. 2. A treatment prescribing such a device, esp. for the foot.
the branch of surgery or of dentistry that deals with the replacement of missing parts with artificial structures.
It had built a bridge that was considered a boon to the village.
something to be thankful for; blessing; benefit
any of several resinous substances, used in incenses, ointments, etc.
A veritable triumph.
being truly or very much so
A sincere apology.
free of deceit, hypocrisy, or falseness; earnest
Its marketing department is regarded by industry as second to none.
a distinct part of anything arranged in divisions; a division of a complex whole or organized system
He has jurisdiction over all American soldiers in the area.
power; authority; control
She departed from Paris today.
to go away; leave
Paruresis (or Urophobic) (pair-u-ree-sis)
a type of phobia in which the sufferer is unable to urinate in the (real or imaginary) presence of others, such as in a public restroom.
Everyone in town was a parvenu, so there was no great weight of tradition or...
a person who has recently or suddenly acquired wealth, importance, position, or the like, but hasnot yet developed the conventionally appropriate manners, dress, surroundings, etc.
He's obviously a genius, but he's also a total vulgarian.
a vulgar person, especially one whose vulgarity is the more conspicuous because of wealth, prominence, or pretensions to good breeding.
Nouveau Riche [noo-voh reesh]
People who have recently acquired wealth, typically those perceived as ostentatious or lacking in good taste.
Arriviste [French a-ree-veest]
Those precisians who fifty or thirty years ago denounced the preposition due to as an arriviste have tainted its reputation.
a person who has recently acquired unaccustomed status, wealth, or success, especially by dubious means and without earning concomitant esteem.
An event and its concomitant circumstances.
(Adjective) Naturally accompanying or associated (Noun) A phenomenon that naturally accompanies or follows something
Concurrent attacks by land, sea, and air.
occurring or existing simultaneously or side by side
To navigate a river.
to move on, over, or through (water, air, or land) in a ship or aircraft
Behavior indicative of mental disorder.
showing, signifying, or pointing out; expressive or suggestive (usually followed by of)
a cloud of a class indicative of thunderstorm conditions, characterized by large, dense towers that often reach altitudes of 30,000 feet (9000 meters) or more, cumuliform except for their tops, which appear fibrous because of the presence of ice crystals: occurs as a single cloud or as a group with merged bases and separate tops.
It's the trait friends of the family speak of with admiration.
a feeling of wonder, pleasure, or approval
She's so bashful in front on new people.
uncomfortably diffident and easily embarrassed; shy; timid.
The noise made them timorous
full of fear; fearful
Some older siblings enjoy being caregivers, often in exchange for adoration.
the act of paying honor, as to a divine being; worship.
When the silent consent is changed to fierce re-monstrance the revolution is impending.
(Roman Catholic Church) a receptacle in which the consecrated Host is exposed for adoration.
Some manufacturers promise to strengthen them as if they secretly hanker to lift weights.
to have a restless or incessant longing (often followed by after, for, or an infinitive
Mankind needs a world-wide benediction of understanding.
The utterance or bestowing of a blessing, esp. at the end of a religious service.
To yearn for a quiet vacation.
to have an earnest or strong desire; long
He chafed his shoes on the rocks.
to wear or abrade by rubbing
Do not be afraid to register for a lot of items, in all price ranges.
a book in which records of acts, events, names, etc., are kept.
They wanted to make him the treasurer, but he demurred.
to make objection, especially on the grounds of scruples; take exception; object
A manifest error.
readily perceived by the eye or the understanding; evident; obvious; apparent; plain
It is a grimly compelling chronicle of paternal enabling and filial profligacy.
a chronological record of events; a history.
To accumulate wealth.
to gather or collect, often in gradual degrees; heap up
lying down; reclining; leaning
Live performers or a disc jockey provide music for after-dinner dancing.
a person who rides horses professionally in races.
An apprentice to a plumber.
a person who works for another in order to learn a trade
an American dish that consists of two halves of an English muffin, topped with ham or bacon, poached eggs, and Hollandaise sauce.
A group of crows
A group of unicorns
A group of owls
A Group of Ravens
a constable, an unkindness, or a conspiracy.
a device for the autoinjection of adrenaline; used by people who suffer from severe allergies and risk anaphylactic shock
2012 Benghazi Attack
The 2012 Benghazi attack refers to an attack on the American diplomatic mission at Benghazi, in Libya on September 11, 2012 by a heavily armed group. The attack began during the night at a compound that is meant to protect the consulate building. A second assault in the early morning the next day targeted a nearbyCIA annex in a different diplomatic compound. Four people were killed, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. Ten others were injured. The attack was strongly condemned by the governments of Libya, the United States, and many other countries throughout the world.
Sandy the bartender proffers raspberry kamikaze shots on the house.
(during World War II) a member of a special corps in the Japanese air force charged with the suicidal mission of crashing an aircraft laden with explosives into an enemy target, especially awarship.
To revise one's opinion.
to amend or alter
As a high official depicted in the play styles it, this work is a pasquinade on moscow.
a satire or lampoon, especially one posted in a public place
Demote (-ion) [dih-moht]
They demoted the careless waiter to busboy.
to reduce to a lower grade, rank, class, or position
Promote (-ion) [pruh-moht]
To promote world peace.
to help or encourage to exist or flourish; further
The ordinary fibre trunk is good for rail and steamer travel, but it is...
something propelled or operated by steam, as a steamship.
To ascertain the facts.
to find out definitely; learn with certainty or assurance; determine
He solicited aid from the minister.
to seek for (something) by entreaty, earnest or respectful request, formal application, etc.
Also, in my creative writing classes I very much liked the usage of a portfolio.
a flat, portable case for carrying loose papers, drawings, etc.
Vistas of freedom
A mental view of a succession of remembered or anticipated events
One of the luminaries in the field of medical science.
1. a celestial body, as the sun or moon. 2. a body, object, etc., that gives light. 3. a person who has attained eminence in his or her field or is an inspiration to others
Philosophers of eminence.
high station, rank, or repute
To be an animal was to belong to a major group in the panorama of life.
an unobstructed and wide view of an extensive area in all directions.
A commonly used abbreviation. OB is short for obstetrics or for an obstetrician, a physician who delivers babies. GYN is short for gynecology or for a gynecologist, a physician who specializes in treating diseases of the female reproductive organs.
Francis "Two Gun" Crowley (October 31, 1912 - January 21, 1932)
an American murderer and career criminal. His crime spree lasted nearly three months, ending in a two-hour shootout with the New York City Police Department in May 1931 viewed by 15,000 bystanders. The 19-year-old's stand against the NYPD received national attention and he would later influence the image of the archetypal Irish gangster
The police set up a barricade to keep voters away from the polling stations.
To close off or block with a barricade.
I am absolutely bewildered by the new tax forms. I have no idea how to fill them out
To confuse or befuddle, especially with numerous conflicting situations, objects, or statements.
The war was fought mostly by mercenaries
1. A professional soldier hired to serve in a foreign army 2. acting only for profit
1. a realization or actuality as opposed to a potentiality. 2. (in vitalist philosophy) a vital agent or force directing growth and life.
Tremor [trem-er, tree-mer]
Tremors following an earthquake.
any tremulous or vibratory movement; vibration
(Physiology, Medicine/Medical) of or pertaining to the pulse
The outlook depends on the size of the hematoma and the amount of brain swelling.
(Pathology) a circumscribed collection of blood, usually clotted, in a tissue or organ, caused by a break in a blood vessel
Others claim to have seen an accomplice and a getaway car.
a person who knowingly helps another in a crime or wrongdoing, often as a subordinate.
Now a case on the court's current docket has raised the question again.
a list of cases in court for trial, or the names of the parties who have cases pending.
Both judge and bailiff have access to master courtroom controls.
an officer, similar to a sheriff or a sheriff's deputy, employed to execute writs and processes, make arrests, keep order in the court, etc.
But it should start from the proviso that one needs two hands to clap.
1. a clause in a statute, contract, or the like, by which a condition is introduced. 2. a stipulation or condition
A club carried by a police officer
She was dressed only in several layers of sweaters, a babushka and hand-sewn cloth gloves.
A woman's head scarf, folded triangularly and worn tied under the chin.
A handrail, especially on a staircase
to pay, recompense, or reward for work, trouble, etc.
He bilked the government of almost a million dollars.
to defraud; cheat
Hatred engenders violence
to produce, cause, or give rise to
A ceraceous surface.
the practice of rituals, sometimes seen as magical in nature, performed with the intention of invoking the action or evoking the presence of one or more gods, especially with the goal of uniting with the divine, achieving henosis, and perfecting oneself.
a broad-brimmed hat worn by ancient Greek travelers and hunters, often represented in art as a winged hat worn by Hermes or Mercury.
a plant-eating dinosaur of the genus Stegosaurus, from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, having a heavy, bony armor and a row of bony plates along its back, and growing to a length of 20 to 40 feet (6–12 meters).
the state prison at Ossining, New York.
Silently, they prostrate themselves before the abbot, while he scribbles down...
to cast (oneself) face down on the ground in humility, submission, or adoration.
There was a monastery, the head of which was an abbot , by name, baldwin.
a man who is the head or superior, usually elected, of a monastery
Tashi Lama [tah-shee lah-muh]
any of a succession of Tibetan monks and spiritual leaders, second in importance only to the Dalai Lama.
1. an oily preparation used to make the hair lustrous. 2. a dress fabric resembling alpaca.
1. a domesticated South American ruminant, Lama pacos, having long, soft, silky fleece, related to the llama and believed to be a variety of the guanaco. 2. the fleece of this animal. 3. a fabric or yarn made of it
a wild South American ruminant, Lama guanicoe, of which the llama and alpaca are believed to be domesticated varieties: related to the camels.
However, serotonin and pain thresholds have been linked.
(Biochemistry) a neurotransmitter, derived from tryptophan, that is involved in sleep, depression, memory, and other neurological processes.
Pussy, Savoie [sa-vwa]
the commune of La Léchère in the Savoie département of France, not far from Moûtiers.
Dick Lick Springs
a town in Arkansas, USA
Fucking (a place)
a town in Austria (Fucking, Austria)
Really it must be admitted that only in England and America is there anybody who knows how to establish the genethliac theme and construct a horoscope.
(Astrology) of or pertaining to birthdays or to the position of the stars at one's birth.
Both films depict a dystopian future where humans control either robotic or...
a society characterized by human misery, as squalor, oppression, disease, and overcrowding.
What she railed against was the squalor and loneliness of their last hours.
the condition of being squalid; filth and misery.
Jake is a goldbrick who spends too much time trying to cozy up to the boss instead of finishing his assignments.
1a: a worthless brick that looks like gold b: something that appears valuable but is actually worthless 2: a person who shirks assigned work
a physical ornament or design on an object made to resemble another material or technique. Examples include pottery embellished with imitation rivets reminiscent of similar pots made of metal, or a software calendar application which displays the days organised on animated month pages in imitation of a paper desk calendar
the lowest layer of the atmosphere, 6 miles (10 km) high in some areas and as much as 12 miles (20km) high in others, within which there is a steady drop in temperature with increasing altitude and within which nearly all cloud formations occur and weather conditions manifest themselves.
the region of the upper atmosphere extending upward from the tropopause to about 30 miles (50km) above the earth, characterized by little vertical change in temperature.
(in the classification of the earth's atmosphere by chemical properties) the region between the ionosphere and the exosphere, extending from about 250–650 miles (400–1050 km) above the surface of the earth.
the region of the upper atmosphere in which temperature increases continuously with altitude, encompassing essentially all of the atmosphere above the mesosphere.
the highest region of the atmosphere, where the air density is so low that a fast-moving air molecule is more than 50 percent likely to escape from the atmosphere instead of hitting other molecules.
The Progressive Party of 1912 was an American political party. It was formed by former President Theodore Roosevelt, after a split in the Republican Party between himself and President William Howard Taft.
of, pertaining to, having the qualities of, or befitting a mother
A kind and paternal reprimand
characteristic of or befitting a father; fatherly
1. a female tiger. 2. a woman resembling a tiger, as in fierceness or courage.
The viceroy of India.
a person appointed to rule a country or province as the deputy of the sovereign
An imperious manner; an imperious person.
domineering in a haughty manner; dictatorial; overbearing
The tempest suddenly acquired a new political dimension unforeseen by shakespeare.
a violent windstorm, especially one with rain, hail, or snow.
a river flowing SE from the Allegheny Mountains in West Virginia, along the boundary between Maryland and Virginia to the Chesapeake Bay. 287 miles (460 km) long.
Indign (-ation) [in-dahyn]
1. (Archaic) unworthy. 2. (Obsolete) unbecoming or disgraceful.
The fear of remaining unmarried or being married to the wrong person.
A useful parameter for judging long-term success.
characteristic or factor; aspect; element
Cryopreserve milt from specific wild and hatchery-produced sockeye salmon.
(Medicine/Medical) to maintain the viability of (cells, tissue, organs, etc.) by storing them at very low temperatures.
The diaspora of boat people from Asia
The dispersion of any people from their original homeland
a convention or motif, especially in a literary work; a rhetorical convention.
Tontine insurance pays a cash benefit when you don't use it, as well as covering your medical expenses when you do.
a joint financial arrangement whereby the participants usually contribute equally to a prize that is awarded entirely to the participant who survives all the others
Spreads cement on foundation material with serrated trowel.
any of various tools having a flat blade with a handle, used for depositing and working mortar, plaster, etc.
The menfolk are all working in the fields.
men, especially those belonging to a family or community
Most carved epitaphs ignore punctuation.
a commemorative inscription on a tomb or mortuary monument about the person buried at that site
Billows of smoke
a great wave or surge of the sea; any surging mass
(Nautical) a sailing vessel having three or more masts, square-rigged on the foremast and fore-and-aft-rigged on the other masts.
The more any quantitative social indicator is used for social decision-making, the more subject it will be to corruption pressures and the more apt it will be to distort and corrupt the social processes it is intended to monitor.
A pleasure excursion
a short trip or outing to some place, usually for a special purpose and with the intention of a prompt return
He couldn't understand all the media fuss about the expedition's success.
an excursion, journey, or voyage made for some specific purpose, as of war or exploration.
Each step he took represented an inward peregrination.
travel from one place to another, especially on foot.
Goodhart's Law (Charles Goodhart)
"When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure."
Technology is dominated by two types of people: those who understand what they do not manage and those who manage what they do not understand
The Dilbert Principle
refers to a 1990s satirical observation by Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams stating that companies tend to systematically promote their least-competent employees to management (generally middle management), in order to limit the amount of damage they are capable of doing.
The Peter Principle
a proposition that states that the members of an organization where promotion is based on achievement, success, and merit, will eventually be promoted beyond their level of ability.
The Hawthorne Effect
a form of reactivity whereby subjects improve or modify an aspect of their behavior being experimentally measured simply in response to the fact that they know they are being studied, not in response to any particular experimental manipulation.
The Clash of Civilizations
a theory that people's cultural and religious identities will be the primary source of conflict in the post-Cold War world.
Beautiful Jim Key
a famous performing horse around the turn of the twentieth century. His promoters claimed that the horse could read and write, make change, do arithmetic for numbers below thirty
Lady Wonder (1924–1957)
was a horse that was purported to have psychic abilities
(Classical Mythology) a son of Prometheus who survived the Deluge to regenerate the human race.
A Copycat Suicide
an emulation of another suicide that the person attempting suicide knows about either from local knowledge or due to accounts or depictions of the original suicide on television and in other media.
A Copycat Crime
a criminal act that is modeled or inspired by a previous crime that has been reported in the media or described in fiction.
Are you gonna bogart thatjoint all night?
to take an unfair share of (something); keep for oneself instead of sharing
a prediction that directly or indirectly causes itself to become true, by the very terms of the prophecy itself, due to positive feedback between belief and behavior
The Golem Effect
a psychological phenomenon in which lower expectations placed upon individuals either by supervisors or the individual themselves lead to poorer performance by the individual.
The Pygmalion Effect (or Rosenthal effect)
the phenomenon in which the greater the expectation placed upon people, the better they perform.
To learn more about these dogs writer attended a symposium on them.
a meeting or conference for the discussion of some subject, especially a meeting at which several speakers talk on or discuss a topic before an audience.
The corollary of this is that murderous extremism has social cachet.
an immediate consequence or easily drawn conclusion.
But the city is defined as much by its inertia as by its energy.
inertness, especially with regard to effort, motion, action, and the like; inactivity; sluggishness
It reduces the signs of aging by stimulating collagen production.
(Biochemistry) any of a class of extracellular proteins abundant in higher animals, especially in the skin, bone, cartilage, tendon, and teeth, forming strong insoluble fibers and serving as connective tissue between cells, yielding gelatin when denatured by boiling.
It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law.
a member of a vigilance committee
He's a clumsy doofus for whom rising from a supine position can take all morning.
lying on the back, face or front upward
Fait Accompli [fe ta-kawn-plee]
The enemy's defeat was a fait accompli long before the formal surrender.
(French) an accomplished fact; a thing already done
Faites Vos Jeux [fet voh zhœ]
(French) (especially in roulette) place your bets.
The lady's mordacious look showed plainly that she hated us all OR Bitten in as with mordacious acid
1. biting or given to biting. 2. sharp or caustic in style, tone, etc.
tall plant with showy, colored flowers
We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run.
Betteridge's Law of Headlines
Any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no.
a suggested cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships. These are relationships in which an individual knows who each person is, and how each person relates to every other person. Proponents assert that numbers larger than this generally require more restrictive rules, laws, and enforced norms to maintain a stable, cohesive group. It has been proposed to lie between 100 and 230, with a commonly used value of 150
an economic principle that states: "When a government overvalues one type of money and undervalues another, the undervalued money will leave the country or disappear from circulation into hoards, while the overvalued money will flood into circulation." It is commonly stated as: "Bad money drives out good".
an adage that states: "A man with a watch knows what time it is. A man with two watches is never sure." It refers to the potential pitfalls of having too much conflicting information when making a decision.
(Slang) a member of the clergy, especially a chaplain of the armed forces.
a person who is spiritually isolated from or out of sympathy with his or her times or society
Maginot Line [mazh-uh-noh; French ma-zhee-noh]
1. a zone of heavy defensive fortifications erected by France along its eastern border in the yearspreceding World War II, but outflanked in 1940 when the German army attacked through Belgium. 2. any elaborate line of defense or set of barriers.
The area was then a wilderness with alders and willow forests.
a wild and uncultivated region, as of forest or desert, uninhabited or inhabited only by wild animals; a tract of wasteland.
Rest on One's Laurel's
He retired at the peak of his career and is resting on his laurels.
to be content with one's past or present honors, achievements, etc.
Look to One's Laurel's
New developments in the industry are forcing long-established firms to look to their laurels.
to be alert to the possibility of being excelled or surpassed
any prison or detention camp, especially for political prisoners.
Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM Loan)
Mortgage characterized by an interest rate that can adjust up or down at certain intervals based on a current index (commonly the 1 year T-Bill) plus a preset margin.
wearisome repetition of words in speaking or writing
The first book of the second course concentrates on the sounds of the letters, phonogram and phonogram combinations and patterns.
a unit symbol of a phonetic writing system, standing for a speech sound, syllable, or other sequence of speech sounds without reference to meaning.
the name traditionally given to a section of the South Transept of Westminster Abbey because of the good number of poets, playwrights, and writers buried and commemorated there. The first person to be interred in Poets' Corner was Geoffrey Chaucer in 1556.
Poet Laureate [lawr-ee-it]
The national poet in Britain. Historically, the poet laureate's duty has been to compose official poetry for the king's or queen's birthday and for great public occasions, such as victories in war, coronations, and births and weddings in the royal family. The poets laureate of Britain have included Geoffrey Chaucer, William Wordsworth, and Alfred, Lord Tennyson.
A Nobel laureate.
a person who has been honored for achieving distinction in a particular field or with a particular award
A knotty problem.
involved, intricate, or difficult
But one needs no absolution from a nonexistent order.
act of absolving; a freeing from blame or guilt; release from consequences, obligations, or penalties
Mosquitos are crepuscular, active primarily at dawn and dusk.
of, pertaining to, or resembling twilight; dim; indistinct
The entire proceedings are disclosed in this epistle .
a letter, especially a formal or didactic one; written communication
to laugh in a restrained, self-conscious, or affected way, as from nervousness or in ill-suppressed amusement.
And he is not deluded by the adulation of the world.
excessive devotion to someone; servile flattery
Acuity of vision; acuity of mind.
sharpness; acuteness; keenness
1. an ecstasy supposed by the ancients to be inspired by nymphs. 2. a frenzy of emotion, as for something unattainable
Polemic (-al) [puh-lem-ik]
Inside this ponderous book is a slim polemical volume struggling to get out.
a controversial argument, as one against some opinion, doctrine, etc.
The town burgeoned into a city. He burgeoned into a fine actor
to grow or develop quickly; flourish
1. to look at amorously, flirtatiously, or impertinently. 2. to eye; look or stare at
Even witches appreciate what they bring to a boiling cauldron.
a large kettle or boiler
A capacious storage bin
capable of holding much; spacious or roomy
(Informal) a clumsy, stupid person
Palatable food OR Palatable ideas.
1. acceptable or agreeable to the palate or taste; savory 2. acceptable or agreeable to the mind or feelings
The cavalcade provoked no comments from the spectators, nor was any word uttered by the escort.
a procession (the line or body of persons or things moving along in such a manner) of persons riding on horses, in horsedrawn carriages, in cars, etc
A railroad magnate.
a person of great influence, importance, or standing in a particular enterprise, field of business, etc.
To speak outright; not to palliate or gloss over the matter.
to relieve or lessen without curing; mitigate; alleviate
And they have presentiment of the invisible powers before they have understanding of them.
a feeling or impression that something is about to happen, especially something evil; foreboding
a foreboding or omen; presentiment
Many countries will not extradite their own citizens.
to give up (an alleged fugitive or criminal) to another state or nation at its request.
To handle a diplomatic crisis in a very maladroit way.
lacking in adroitness; unskillful; awkward; bungling; tactless
to free from restraint; liberate
Malinger (-er) [muh-ling-ger]
He was no longer accused of being noncompliant or a malingerer.
to pretend illness, especially in order to shirk one's duty, avoid work, etc.
A dilatory strategy
intended to cause delay, gain time, or defer decision
very old, old-fashioned, or out of date; antiquated; primitive
Where shell is thick, it must be broken with a mallet or hammer.
a hammerlike tool with a head commonly of wood but occasionally of rawhide, plastic, etc., used for driving any tool with a wooden handle, as a chisel, or for striking a surface
Indeed, such aesthetic or moral values do fit within the anthropocentric realm.
regarding the human being as the central fact of the universe
The museum lobby, diorama area, and auditorium will remain open for public...
model of a scene
While not slighting the captain's martinet personality, he gives a performance that is filled with empathetic understanding.
1. a strict disciplinarian, especially a military one
But she was right that the new matriarchy would not survive her.
a family, society, community, or state governed by women
Still proponents of doing the stress tests say there is an easy way to remedy...
a person who puts forward a proposition or proposal.
Somnambulism (-t) [som-nam-byuh-liz-uhm]
The court might not believe it, but she was a somnambulist , and riot only walKed but talked while asleep.
Arriving about noon we first did the honor of a call to the menagerie.
a collection of wild or unusual animals, especially for exhibition.
For a time, the peccadillo reportedly cut in half her asking price for ad work.
a very minor or slight sin or offense; a trifling fault.
A fly-by-night operation.
not reliable or responsible, especially in business; untrustworthy
Most longshoremen are not permanent employees of any one stevedore or maritime carrier.
a firm or individual engaged in the loading or unloading of a vessel.
To garble instructions
to confuse unintentionally or ignorantly; jumble
to link together; unite in a series or chain
He kept belaboring the point long after we had agreed
to explain, worry about, or work at (something) repeatedly or more than is necessary
The manufacturer provided an extra set of coat buttons gratis
without charge or payment; free
Besides introducing popular religion, the late eleventh century ushered in an intellectual efflorescence as well.
the action or process of developing and unfolding as if coming into flower
(British Dialect) (of wind) to blow fiercely.
The times call for leaders of great ability and significant gravitas.
seriousness or sobriety, as of conduct or speech
1. destructive to lice 2. a pediculicide agent.
When he searched for these characteristics on diplodocus skulls, he found none.
a huge herbivorous dinosaur of the genus Diplodocus, from the Late Jurassic Epoch of western North America, growing to a length of about 87 feet (26.5 meters).
Jocular (-tor) [jok-yuh-ler]
Jocular remarks about opera stars.
given to, characterized by, intended for, or suited to joking or jesting; waggish; facetious
This aporia is a condition that can only be met by the gut, and the heart.
(Rhetoric) the expression of a simulated or real doubt, as about where to begin or what to do or say (Logic, Philosophy) a difficulty encountered in establishing the theoretical truth of a proposition, created by the presence of evidence both for and against it.
The bridge of the nose, ear, occiput and malleolus do not have subcutaneous tissue and these ulcers can be shallow.
(Anatomy) the bony protuberance on either side of the ankle, at the lower end of the fibula or of the tibula.
(Medicine/Medical) the inability to express ideas by means of gestures or signs.
They were a tatterdemalion lot of soldiers and no mistake.
a person in tattered clothing; a shabby person
A humdrum existence.
lacking variety; boring; dull
She often hobnobs with royalty.
to associate on very friendly terms (usually followed by with)
an arena or structure for equestrian and other spectacles
My heterodox views can live within this movement, as many other heterodox views ...
not in accordance with established or accepted doctrines or opinions, especially in theology; unorthodox.
He was taken off life support after suffering a brain hemorrhage.
a profuse discharge of blood, as from a ruptured blood vessel; bleeding.
But at the same time the firm has demonstrated a heretofore hidden tendency to...
before this time; until now.
A heritage of poverty and suffering
something that comes or belongs to one by reason of birth; an inherited lot or portion
Hermetic storage bags are commercially available that when sealed are impervious to gas exchange.
made airtight by fusion or sealing
His conceit deluded him into believing he was important
to mislead the mind or judgment of; deceive
The border guards confiscated our movie cameras.
to seize by or as if by authority; appropriate summarily
Intricacy (-ies) [in-tri-kuh-see]
Intricacies of the law.
an intricate part, action, etc
The thieves divvied up the loot.
to divide; distribute (often followed by up)
Seismometers measure the ground motion that results from seismic waves.
pertaining to, of the nature of, or caused by an earthquake or vibration of the earth, whether due to natural or artificial causes
The school plans to build a seismograph that will record earthquake activity...
any of various instruments for measuring and recording the vibrations of earthquakes
Doctors have even been known to inoculate premature infants with protective strains to wardoff infection by pathogens.
to implant (a disease agent or antigen) in a person, animal, or plant to produce a disease for study or to stimulate disease resistance.
The summer exodus to the country and shore.
a going out; a departure or emigration, usually of a large number of people
To emigrate from Ireland to Australia.
to leave one country or region to settle in another; migrate
Friedrich Nietzsche [nee-chuh]
"Without music, life would be a mistake" 1844--1900, German philosopher, poet, and critic, noted esp for his concept of the superman and his rejection of traditional Christian values. His chief works are The Birth of Tragedy (1872), Thus Spake Zarathustra (1883-- 91), and Beyond Good and Evil (1886)
They ransacked the house for themissing letter.
to search thoroughly or vigorously through (a house, receptacle, etc.)
either of two systems of clicks and pauses, short and long sounds, or flashes of light, used to represent the letters of the alphabet, numerals, etc.: now used primarily in radiotelegraphy by ham operators.
These deposits probably represent hot co-ignimbrite lag deposits.
(Petrology) a fine-grained volcanic rock consisting mainly of welded shards of feldspar and quartz.
a token used to pay transportation fares.
a person who collects transportation tokens as a hobby.
the philosophy of Nietzsche, emphasizing the will to power as the chief motivating force of both the individual and society.
De Profundis [dey proh-foon-dis]
(Latin) out of the depths (of sorrow, despair, etc.)
We left in high dudgeon.
a feeling of offense or resentment; anger
To intercede with the governor for a condemned man.
to act or interpose in behalf of someone in difficulty or trouble, as by pleading or petition
(Jewish Cookery) a dumpling, especially a small ball of matzo meal, eggs, and salt, often mixed with another foodstuff, as ground almonds or grated potato, usually served in soup.
A brilliant riposte to an insult.
a quick, sharp return in speech or action; counterstroke
Blondin was born on 24 February 1824 at St Omer, Pas-de-Calais, France. His real name was Jean-François Gravelet, and he was known also by the names Charles Blondin, Jean-François Blondin, and called the "Chevalier Blondin", or more simply "The Great Blondin". When five years old, he was sent to the École de Gymnase at Lyon and, after six months training as an acrobat, made his first public appearance as "The boy Wonder". His superior skill and grace, as well as the originality of the settings of his acts, made him a popular favourite.
The Maid of the Mist
a boat tour of Niagara Falls. (The actual boats used are also named Maid of the Mist, followed by a different Roman numeral in each case.) The boat starts off at a calm part of the Niagara River, near the Rainbow Bridge, and takes its passengers past the American and Bridal Veil Falls, then into the dense mist of spray inside the curve of the Horseshoe Falls, also known as the Canadian Falls. The tour is available starting from either the Canadian or American side of the river, returning to the starting point in each case
a 1980 psychological horror film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, co-written with novelist Diane Johnson, and starring Jack Nicholson,Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers, and Danny Lloyd. The film is based on the Stephen King novel The Shining. A writer, Jack Torrance, takes a job as an off-season caretaker at an isolated hotel. His young son possesses psychic abilities and is able to see things from the past and future, such as the ghosts who inhabit the hotel. Soon after settling in, the family is trapped in the hotel by a snowstorm, and Jack gradually becomes influenced by a supernatural presence; he descends into madness and attempts to murder his wife and son.
a 2012 American documentary film directed by Rodney Ascher about perceived meanings in Stanley Kubrick's film The Shining. The film includes footage from The Shining, and other Kubrick films, along with discussions by a number of Kubrick enthusiasts. The film has nine segments, each segment focusing on different elements within the film which "may reveal hidden clues and hint at a bigger thematic oeuvre." The film was produced by Tim Kirk.
These days, he cycles selections from his vast oeuvre in and out of circulation.
(French) 1. the works of a writer, painter, or the like, taken as a whole. 2. any one of the works of a writer, painter, or the like.
a system editor in which content (text and graphics) displayed onscreen during editing appears in a form closely corresponding to its appearance when printed or displayed as a finished product, which might be a printed document, web page, or slide presentation. WYSIWYG (/ˈwɪziwɪɡ/ wiz-ee-wig) is an acronym for "what you see is what you get"
John Robert Tortorella
(born June 24, 1958) is an American ice hockey coach. Known for his postgame outburst
Jacob "Jack" Kevorkian
(May 26, 1928 – June 3, 2011), commonly known as "Dr. Death", was an American pathologist, euthanasia activist, painter, author, composer and instrumentalist. He is best known for publicly championing a terminal patient's right to die via physician-assisted suicide; he claimed to have assisted at least 130 patients to that end. He famously said, "dying is not a crime".
The use of common styptic pencil or lump alumis prohibited.
serving to contract organic tissue; astringent; binding.
There is always the potential for a true lunker here.
something unusually large for its kind.
(Jewish History) Also called Great Sanhedrin. the highest council of the ancient Jews, consisting of 71 members, and exercising authority from about the 2nd century b.c.
a person hired to carry burdens or baggage, as at a railroad station or a hotel.
Even the walnut-sized automaton hidden inside the egg has a majestic appeal.
1. a mechanical figure or contrivance constructed to act as if by its own motive power; robot. 2. a person or animal that acts in a monotonous, routine manner, without active intelligence.
The gamut of dramatic emotion from grief to joy
the entire scale or range
Delineate (-ation) [dih-lin-ee-eyt]
In her speech she delineated the city plan with great care.
to portray in words; describe or outline with precision
To parry an embarrassing question.
to turn aside; evade or dodge
They focus merely on tax cuts and slashing red tape.
excessive formality and routine required before official action can be taken
a person who is lacking in or hostile or smugly indifferent to cultural values, intellectual pursuits, aesthetic refinement, etc., or is contentedly commonplace in ideas and tastes.
Jingo (-ism, istic) [jing-goh]
a person who professes his or her patriotism loudly and excessively, favoring vigilant preparedness for war and an aggressive foreign policy; bellicose chauvinist.
Redress of abuses
the setting right of what is wrong
The barbarians pillaged every conquered city.
to strip ruthlessly of money or goods by open violence, as in war; plunder
To plunder a town.
to rob of goods or valuables by open force, as in war, hostile raids, brigandage, etc.
The arrangement would have to be endorsed, country by country, in a referendum.
He had left the world a plenum, and he now finds it a vacuum.
1. An assembly of all the members of a group or committee. 2. A space completely filled with matter.
lover of luxury
A penchant for outdoor sports.
inclination; leaning; tendency; predilection
A voluble spokesman for the cause.
characterized by a ready and continuous flow of words; fluent; glib; talkative
Serious writers are sometimes mocked for logorrhea as well.
pathologically incoherent, repetitious speech
of or pertaining to love, especially illicit sexual love; erotic; wanton.
Hortatory (-ative) [hawr-tuh-tawr-ee]
A hortatory speech.
He's exhorting them to emphasize pictures over words in their advertising.
to urge, advise, or caution earnestly; admonish urgently
Minatory (-cious) [min-uh-tawr-ee]
That's why they are a dream of home life, an idyll of childhood.
a poem or prose composition, usually describing pastoral scenes or events or any charmingly simple episode, appealing incident, or the like
Postwar interregnum as conflicting plans for central intelligence are shaken down into a presidential directive.
an interval of time between the close of a sovereign's reign and the accession of his or her normal or legitimate successor.
a person who governs during an interregnum; provisional ruler
authorized; recognized; accepted
Legislation equally iniquitous as this, it is to be taken for granted, will follow.
characterized by injustice or wickedness; wicked; sinful
Milliner (-y) [mil-uh-ner]
And they naturally become involved with the milliner meant for the stuffy store owner.
a person who designs, makes, or sells hats for women
A natty white uniform.
neat; dapper; smart
determined by or from the stars
He's a clumsy doofus for whom rising from a supine position can take all morning.
lying flat on one’s back
Anderson's epistemology is as insufficient as his model.
theory of knowledge
Whittle [hwit-l, wit-l]
To whittle down the company's overhead; to whittle away one's inheritance.
to reduce the amount of, as if by whittling; pare down; take away by degrees (usually followed by down, away, etc.)
They do not use a centrifuge or chemicals for oil extraction either.
device to separate substances by spinning them at high speed
Room temperature, or even warmer drinks are the best way to slake thirst.
Lugubrious songs of lost love.
He always had a woebegone look on his face
1. beset with woe; affected by woe, especially in appearance. 2. showing or indicating woe
The crestfallen troops finally filed off the field toward their company grounds.
dejected; dispirited; discouraged
To be sure, much of a daguerreotype's charm is in its blemished antiquity.
one of the earliest photographic processes, in which the image was produced on iodine-sensitized silver and developed in mercury vapour
The provost, in his letter of invitation, puts forth an intriguing syllogism.
type of logical reasoning
An armada of transport trucks.
fleet of ships
It is a zither since it does not have the chord bars that are on autoharps.
a musical instrument, consisting of a flat sounding box with numerous strings stretched over it, that isplaced on a horizontal surface and played with a plectrum and the fingertips.
The quality of ingredients and cooking style are nonpareil.
having no equal; peerless
That's the one that's had two cortisone shots this season.
(Biochemistry) a steroid hormone of the adrenal cortex, C 21 H 28 O 5, active in carbohydrate and protein metabolism.
Juan Ponce de León
a Spanish explorer and conquistador. He became the first Governor of Puerto Rico by appointment of the Spanish crown. He led the first European expedition to Florida, which he named. He is associated with the legend of the Fountain of Youth, reputed to be in Florida.
Knives will be carried in a sheath or scabbard worn in a clearly visible manner.
a sheath for a sword or the like
a case or covering for the blade of a sword, dagger, or the like.
A confident and prepossessing young man.
that impresses favorably; engaging or attractive
Minutia [mi-noo-shee-uh or mi-noo-shuh]
The minutiae of his craft.
precise details; small or trifling matters
The victims attract flocks of crows feasting on human carrion.
1. dead and putrefying flesh. 2. rottenness; anything vile.
the dead body of an animal
An ironclad contract
very rigid or exacting; inflexible; unbreakable
a person who betrays his or her own country by aiding an invading enemy, often serving later in a puppet government; fifth columnist
Magazines and manuals offer how-to guides to homiletics.
the art of preaching; the branch of practical theology that treats of homilies or sermons.
a sailors' song, especially one sung in rhythm to work
We are close to the nadir of the human soul here.
the lowest point; point of greatest adversity or despair
an alphabetical script with some syllabic features derived from Brahmi, used for the writing of Hindi and many other languages of India including Sanskrit.
1. (Classical Mythology) a son and attendant of Ares and thepersonification of a fear held to possess armies and cause their defeat. 2. (Astronomy) one of the two moons of Mars.
The Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
a standardized test used primarily for graduate school admissions in the USA. The test aims to measure an individual's logical and analytical reasoning through the use of partial analogies.
He also was the first pass rusher to utilize the head slap, a move that he said "To give myself an initial headstart on the pass rush, in other words a extra step. Because anytime you go upside a man's head ... or a woman; they may have a tendency to blink they eyes or close they eyes. And that's all I needed. [sic]
"I'm Lovin It"
McDonald's phrase song by Justin Timberlake
By and Large
The young actors stumbled over a few lines here and there, but by and large the play was a success.
on the whole: in general
The floodlight that bathed him was the first real light ever to enter this hadal realm.
of or pertaining to the greatest ocean depths, below approximately 20,000 feet (6500 meters).
Or, take the kids out for an educational escapade at a museum, or a day of fun...
a reckless adventure or wild prank
A mind that scintillates with brilliance.
to sparkle; flash
An explanation that elucidated his recent strange behavior
to make lucid or clear; throw light upon; explain
But gutless, vote hungry politicians need sustenance.
means of sustaining life; nourishment
Arable land; arable soil.
capable of producing crops; suitable for farming; suited to the plow and for tillage
To attenuate desire.
to weaken or reduce in force, intensity, effect, quantity, or value
A simulacrum of Aphrodite.
1. An image or representation of someone or something. 2. An unsatisfactory imitation or substitute.
Josh cleared his throat dramatically, then did a dead-on impression of the professor's orotund, patronizing speech.
1: marked by fullness, strength, and clarity of sound: sonorous 2: pompous, bombastic
(Scot) (Noun) 1. an exhausting effort, especially walking or working. 2. an exhausted or bedraggled person.
After a brief dalliance with the broken meter, he threw the switch.
waste of time in frivolous action or in dawdling
(noun)dramatic dialogue, as in a Greek play, characterized by brief exchanges between two characters, each of whom usually speaks in one line of verse during a scene of intense emotion or strong argumentation.
The senate is headed by the praetor, followed by the proconsul.
(noun) (in the ancient Roman republic) one of a number of elected magistrates charged chiefly with the administration of civil justice and ranking next below a consul.
Identifying high risk pathways of introduction and actions to interdict those pathways is integral to prevention.
- 1. (Civil Law) any prohibitory act or decree of a court or an administrative officer
- 2. to forbid; prohibit.
(noun) a brass rich in zinc, prepared by the ancients
the advance group in any field, especially in the visual, literary, or musical arts, whose works are characterized chiefly by unorthodox and experimental methods.
The Lateral Sulcus (also called Sylvian fissure or lateral fissure)
is one of the most prominent structures of the human brain. It divides the frontal lobe and parietal lobe above from the temporal lobe below. It is in both hemispheres of the brain but is longer in the left hemisphere in most people. The lateral sulcus is one of the earliest-developing sulci of the human brain
In the United States of America, states that a person may justifiably use force in self-defense when there is reasonable belief of an unlawful threat, without an obligation to retreat first. The concept sometimes exists in statutory law and sometimes through common law precedents. One key distinction is whether the concept only applies to defending a home or vehicle, or whether it applies to all lawfully occupied locations.
The damp cold there goes bone deep, and chilblains are a threat….
(Pathology) an inflammation of the hands and feet caused by exposure to cold and moisture.
Mr. Rogers Stolen Car
According to a TV Guide piece on him, Fred Rogers drove a plain old Impala for years. One day, however, the car was stolen from the street near the TV station. When Rogers filed a police report, the story was picked up by every newspaper, radio and media outlet around town. Amazingly, within 48 hours the car was left in the exact spot where it was taken from, with an apology on the dashboard. It read, "If we'd known it was yours, we never would have taken it."
Policy on use of "Fuck" in PG-13 movies
- PG-13 films are allowed the use of one “fuck” per film, in a non-sexual connotation. The Social Network is the first PG-13 rated film to feature two separate, unrepeated instances of the word fuck.
Said the Actress to the Bishop
"Said the actress to the bishop" is an informal (and usually vulgar) exclamation, said for humour in the form of a punch line after an inadvertent double entendre. The equivalent phrase in North America is "that's what she said". Both phrases are examples of Wellerisms, a literal "turn" of a phrase, changing its meaning. The versatility of the phrase and its popularity lead some to consider it a cliché.
You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.
a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part. It is frequently used for humorous or dramatic effect, sometimes producing an anticlimax. For this reason, it is extremely popular among comedians and satirists. Some paraprosdokians not only change the meaning of an early phrase, but they also play on the double meaning of a particular word, creating a form of syllepsis.
A body can get used to anything, even to being hanged, as the Irishman said.
a comparison comprising a well-known quotation followed by a facetious sequel
Normal vaginal pH is 3.8 to 4.5, slightly acidic (similar to beer)
1. any of the orations delivered by Demosthenes, the Athenian orator, in the 4th century b.c., against Philip, king of Macedon. 2. ( lowercase ) any speech or discourse of bitter denunciation
The report was bruited through the village.
to voice abroad; rumor (used chiefly in the passive and often followed by about)
The essay became a touchstone in the heyday of literary theory, reprinted in a...
a test or criterion for the qualities of a thing
Jordan's Originally Banned
The Air Jordan 1 was first released in 1985, in a red and black colorway to match the uniform of the Chicago Bulls, the team for which Michael Jordan played. This red and black color-way was later outlawed by NBA Commissioner David Stern for not having any white on them. Michael Jordan would wear the shoes anyway, and each time he stepped on the court with the Air Jordan 1 he would be fined five thousand dollars. Nike used this as a promotional tool in advertisements hinting that the shoes gave an unfair competitive advantage and that whoever wore them had a certain edginess associated with outlaw activities. Nike paid the fine each game.
If you plan to spelunk in caves without modern amenities, bring a headlamp and a flashlight with extra batteries.
to explore caves, especially as a hobby.
Bethany was selected by her Girl Scout troop to hoise the American flag for Monday's Memorial Day ceremony on the town green.
lift, raise; especially: to raise into position by or as if by means of tackle
a marketing concept developed by marketer and entrepreneur Seth Godin that states that companies must build things worth noticing right into their products or services. Godin claims that a product that isn't in itself unique and somehow remarkable - like a purple cow - is unlikely to sell, no matter how well crafted its advertising. Purple cow was Godin's addition to the traditional five P's of marketing - product, price, place, promotion and people.
Any exercise that continuously moves major muscle groups, especially the legs, is the right Rx to improve cardiorespiratory fitness.
a: a prescription: such as b: a written direction for a therapeutic or corrective agent; specifically: one for the preparation and use of a medicine: something (such as a recommendation) resembling a doctor's prescriptionEXAMPLES"
A stairlift company
The marquee has already been restored by a real-estate company as part of an & A marquee basketball player.
(noun) a tall rooflike projection above a theater entrance, usually containing the name of a currently featured play or film and its stars. (adjective) superlative; headlining
Celebrating one's natal day.
Of or relating to the place or time of one's birth.
a way or manner of speaking; vernacular; idiom
He allowed himself to be steered into safe song choices and pabulum movies.
1. something that nourishes an animal or vegetable organism; food; nutriment. 2. material for intellectual nourishment
But besides the self-deception, the strong and hasty laborers of the street do not work well with the chronic valetudinarian.
1. an invalid. 2. a person who is excessively concerned about his or her poor health or ailments
one of the stiff, bristly hairs growing about the mouth of certain animals, as a whisker of a cat.
1. pertaining to dancing 2. a dancer.
the room where the Last Supper took place
a person who learns late in life
Sturdy neoprene pockets under the flaps and cantle provide a secure fit. OR A cantle of land
1. the hind part of a saddle, usually curved upward. See illus. under saddle. 2. a corner; piece; portion
a tightrope walker
The fuliginous air hanging over an industrial city.
Living space was on the second floor, while the first was made up of store room, and a kitchen and refectory.
a dining hall in a religious house, a college, or other institution
The AMBER Alert™ Program (America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response)
a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies, and the wireless industry, to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases. The goal of an AMBER Alert is to instantly galvanize the entire community to assist in the search for and the safe recovery of the child
The San Antonio River Walk (also known as Paseo del Río)
a network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River, one story beneath the streets of Downtown San Antonio, Texas, USA. Lined by bars, shops and restaurants, the River Walk is an important part of the city's urban fabric and a tourist attraction in its own right.
a background sprinkled with representations of flowers, as certain tapestries or pieces of glasswork.
The use of two markedly different varieties of a language in different social situations, such as a formal variety at work and an informal variety at home.
Occam's Razor (also written as Ockham's razor from William of Ockham, and in Latin lex parsimoniae)
a principle of parsimony, economy, or succinctness used in logic and problem-solving. It states that among competing hypotheses, the hypothesis with the fewest assumptions should be selected.
The track was used for gymkhana events, braking, starting and stop ping tests and otter stunts.
a field day held for equestrians, consisting of exhibitions of horsemanship and much pageantry.
1. a poem in which the poet retracts something said in an earlier poem. 2. a recantation.
(Law) a person who commits a tort
Russell Brand's character on "Get Him to the Greek". "African Child" was his album that flopped.
a seizure of state power instrumental in the larger Russian Revolution of 1917. It took place with an armed insurrection in Petrograd traditionally dated to 25 October 1917 (by the Julian or Old Style calendar, which corresponds to 7 November 1917 in the Gregorian or New Style calendar). It followed and capitalized on the February Revolution of the same year. The October Revolution in Petrograd overthrew the Russian Provisional Government and gave the power to the local soviets dominated by Bolsheviks. As the revolution was not universally recognized outside of Petrograd there followed the struggles of the Russian Civil War (1917–1922) and the creation of the Soviet Union in 1922.
Pedro Lascuráin (8 May 1856 – 21 July 1952)
he was both Mexico's and the world's briefest-serving president ever (45 minutes and he quit)
Her latest novel traces therise of a lace-curtain Irish family in Boston.
(Sometimes Offensive) characteristic of or aspiring to the standards and attributes of the middle class
The materials that phosphoresce are referred to as phosphors.
to be luminous without sensible heat, as phosphorus.
When we first met Kelly, she was quiet and demure, so it surprises us now to see that she can be vocal and forward.
Two demonyms for the residents of Michigan are Michigander and Michiganian.
the name used for the people who live in a particular country, state, or other locality
a prominent Greek statesman and orator of ancient Athens. His orations constitute a significant expression of contemporary Athenian intellectual prowess and provide an insight into the politics and culture of ancient Greece during the 4th century BC. Demosthenes grew interested in politics during his time as a logographer, and in 354 BC he gave his first public political speeches. He went on to devote his most productive years to opposing Macedon's expansion. He idealized his city and strove throughout his life to restore Athens' supremacy and motivate his compatriots against Philip II of Macedon.
(13 October 1925 – 8 April 2013) was a British politician who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and the Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. She was the longest-serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century and is the only woman to have held the office. A Soviet journalist called her the "Iron Lady", a nickname that became associated with her uncompromising politics and leadership style. As Prime Minister, she implemented policies that have come to be known as Thatcherism.
incapable of being removed or erased
To get off scot-free
Without consequences or penalties; (to get away without penalty; to beat the rap)
A person sexually attracted to intelligence or the human mind.
Hypergamy (-mous) [hahy-pur-guh-mee]
1. a custom that forbids a woman to marry a man of lower social status 2. any marriage with a partner of higher social status
Lese Majesty [leez]
Her speech against Mother's Day was criticized as lese majesty.
an attack on any custom, institution, belief, etc., held sacred or revered by numbers of people
Therefore, a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy may be a gamble.
defending or protecting from disease or infection, as a drug.
Oh, and dialysis arguably costs more here than anywhere else.
a process for removing waste and excess water from the blood, and is used primarily as an artificial replacement for lost kidney function in people with renal failure.
Your soupcon step up is a competent impersonation of it.
a slight trace, as of a particular taste or flavor
a self-important or pretentious official
The musician's heirs hope the new biography and CD box set will spark a risorgimento of interest in the long-forgotten songwriter.
1: the 19th century movement for Italian political unity 2: a time of renewal or renaissance: revival
However, many a mickle makes a muckle, and in total they add up to something significant.
(Archaic) great; large; much
Damsel in Distress
or persecuted maiden, is a classic theme in world literature, art, film and video games. She is usually a beautiful young woman placed in a dire predicament by a villain or monster and who requires a hero to achieve her rescue
Edward Joseph Snowden (born June 21, 1983)
a former technical contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee who leaked details of top-secret American and British government mass surveillance programs to the press.
'controlled substance' means a drug or other substance, or immediate precursor, included in schedule I, II, III, IV, or V of part B of this subchapter
Je m'appelle Jean-Paul Lambert. Et vous?
My name is Jean-Paul Lambert. What's your name?
Search for your ward and your alderman by address.
a member of a municipal legislative body, especially of a municipal council.
Subsequent events; Subsequent to their arrival in Chicago, they bought a new car.
occurring or coming later or after (often followed by to)
Strictly, the scripts aren't phonetic, or even phonemic.
of or pertaining to speech sounds, their production, or their transcription in written symbols.
A fierce physiognomy.
the face or countenance, especially when considered as an index to the character
an American security consultant known for his history as a former confidence trickster, check forger, impostor, and escape artist. He became one of the most famous impostors ever, claiming to have assumed no fewer than eight identities as an airline pilot, a doctor, a U.S. Bureau of Prisons agent, and a lawyer. He escaped from police custody twice (once from a taxiing airliner and once from a U.S. federal penitentiary), before he was 21 years old. He served fewer than five years in prison before starting to work for the federal government. He is currently a consultant and lecturer for the FBI academy and field offices. He also runs Abagnale & Associates, a financial fraud consultancy company.
Pirates mania is still strong, but there is dissension in the ranks.
strong disagreement; a contention or quarrel; discord.
A series of books following the exploits of a fifth grade female detective named Jennifer "Cam" Jansen and her best friend Eric. Nicknamed Cam for her photographic memory, the protagonist closes her eyes and says "click" at various points in a story, mimicking the noise of a camera while memorizing a scene in front of her. She later recalls these scenes to aid in solving a mystery. The Cam Jansen character was based on an elementary school classmate of Adler's who was believed to have a photographic memory.
Rimrock was named after a dude ranch that was located near the community.
a ranch operated primarily as a vacation resort.
"Just Say No"
an advertising campaign, part of the U.S. "War on Drugs", prevalent during the 1980s and early 1990s, to discourage children from engaging in illegal recreational drug use by offering various ways of saying no. Eventually, this also expanded the realm of "Just Say No" to violence and premarital sex. The slogan was created and championed by First Lady Nancy Reagan during her husband's presidency.
Every seven years, Vulcan males and females become aroused. They undergo a blood fever, become violent, and finally die unless they mate with someone with whom they are empathically bonded or engage in the ritual battle known as kal-if-fee. A common misconception associated with the series (and Spock in particular) is that Vulcans only have sex once every seven years. However, pon farr is not coincident with the sex lives of Vulcans, and they are able to have intercourse without the affliction, and thus more than once every seven years
a transthoracic (across the thorax or chest) interpretation of the electrical activity of the heart over a period of time, as detected by electrodes attached to the surface of the skin and recorded by a device external to the body. The recording produced by this noninvasive procedure is termed an electrocardiogram (also ECG or EKG).
an allusion to a company's staff being treated like mushrooms: kept in the dark, covered with dung, and, when grown big enough, canned (fired). The connotation is that the management is making decisions without consulting the staff affected by those decisions, and possibly not even informing the staff until well after such decisions are made.
Amalekite [am-uh-lek-ahyt, uh-mal-i-kahyt]
a member of the tribe of Amalek. Gen. 36:12
It implies a protest against the iniquity of society and the harshness of fate.
gross injustice or wickedness
Nikolas "Nik" Wallenda (born January 24, 1979)
an American acrobat, aerialist, daredevil, and high wire artist. Self-described as "The King of the Wire", he is known for his high-wire performances without a safety net. He holds seven Guinness World Records for various acrobatic feats, but is best known as the first person to walk a tightrope stretched directly over Niagara Falls on June 15, 2012; the feat was broadcast internationally. The walk came after a two-year legal battle involving both sides of the Canada–United States border to gain approval. For the walk he was required to wear a safety harness for the first time in his life.
“He has provided the poor with jobs, with opportunity,with self-respect.”
(Rhetoric) the omission of conjunctions
Caveat Emptor [kav-ee-aht emp-tawr]
let the buyer beware: the principle that the seller of a product cannot be held responsible for its quality unless it is guaranteed in a warranty
a god of dreams who appears in Ovid's Metamorphoses. Morpheus has the ability to take any human form and appear in dreams. His true semblance is that of a winged daemon, imagery shared with many of his siblings. Starting in the medieval period, the name Morpheus began to stand generally for the god of dreams or of sleep
Red-light violations and other traffic scofflaw behavior.
a person who flouts the law, especially one who fails to pay fines owed.
(Geometry) a continuous, one-sided surface formed by twisting one end of a rectangular strip through 180° about the longitudinal axis of the strip and attaching this end to the other.
Out of the Mouths of Babes
Mr. and Mrs. Doyle were quietly bickering in the kitchen when their seven-year-old daughter came in and said, "You guys should get counseling." After a surprised pause, Mrs. Doyle remarked, "out of the mouths of babes.
(Prov.) (oft times come gems) Children occasionally say remarkable or insightful things.
The key to this efficiency is the free energy arriving by stochastic resonance.
(Statistics) of or pertaining to a process involving a randomly determined sequence of observations each of which is considered as a sample of one element from a probability distribution.
Go in the bright blaze of Autumn's equinox.
the time when the sun crosses the plane of the earth's equator, making night and day of approximately equal length all over the earth and occurring about March 21 (vernal equinox or spring equinox) and September 22 (autumnal equinox)
The hypotenuse is the longest side of a right triangle.
(Geometry) the side of a right triangle opposite the right angle
Nerve cells rarely go through mitosis, which is why injured nerve cells usually...
(Cell Biology) the usual method of cell division, characterized typically by the resolving of the chromatin of the nucleus into a threadlike form, which condenses into chromosomes, each of which separates longitudinally into two parts, one part of each chromosome being retained in each of two new cells resulting from the original cell.
"What the devil am I doing in this galere?" he asked.
a coterie of undesirable people
1. additional territory considered by a nation, especially Nazi Germany, to be necessary for national survival or for the expansion of trade. 2. any additional space needed in order to act, function, etc.
an abnormal aversion to anything new.
The Epic of Gilgamesh
an epic poem from Mesopotamia, is amongst the earliest surviving works of literature. The literary history of Gilgamesh begins with five independent Sumerian poems about 'Bilgamesh' (Sumerian for Gilgamesh), king of Uruk. The story centers on a friendship between Gilgamesh and Enkidu. Enkidu is a wild man created by the gods as Gilgamesh's equal to distract him from oppressing the people of Uruk. Together, they journey to the Cedar Mountain to defeat Humbaba, its monstrous guardian. Later they kill the Bull of Heaven, which the goddess Ishtar sends to punish Gilgamesh for spurning her advances. As a punishment for these actions, the gods sentence Enkidu to death.
also known as Romantic irony in the context of Romantic works of literature, uses literary techniques to draw attention to itself as a work of art, while exposing the "truth" of a story. "Metafiction" is the literary term describing fictional writing that self-consciously and systematically draws attention to its status as an artifact in posing questions about the relationship between fiction and reality, usually using irony and self-reflection.
In Pride and Prejudice, Mary's absorption in her studies places her as a foil to her sister Elizabeth Bennet's lively and distracted nature
a character who contrasts with another character (usually the protagonist) in order to highlight particular qualities of the other character. A foil usually either differs drastically or is extremely similar but with a key difference setting them apart. The concept of a foil is also more widely applied to any comparison that is made to contrast a difference between two things.
First of all let me replace the work esoteric with eclectic.
selecting or choosing from various sources
The power to take private property for public use by a state, municipality, or private person or corporation authorized to exercise functions of public character, following the payment of just compensation to the owner of that property.
(Trademark) a small desktop file containing cards for names, addresses, and phone numbers.
He crawfished on the bet.
to back up, move backwards, to deny a statement, to go back on your word - generally a southern term.
In Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Tom is only a minor character, and is used as a foil for Huck, particularly in the later chapters of the novel after Huck makes his way to the Uncle Phelps plantation. Tom's immaturity, imagination, and obsession with stories put Huck's planned rescue of the runaway slave Jim in great jeopardy — and ultimately make it totally unnecessary, since he knows that Jim's owner has died and freed him in her will. Throughout the novel, Huck's intellectual and emotional development is a central theme, and by re-introducing a character from the beginning (Tom), Mark Twain is able to highlight this evolution in Huck's character.
Gentrify a row of old houses
renovate so as to make it conform to middle-class aspirations
Affix [uh-fiks; af-iks]
To affix stamps to a letter.
to fasten, join, or attach (usually followed by to)
an institution for popular education providing discussions, lectures, concerts, etc. Made by Aristotle in Athens. The inhabitants of the school is Peripatetics (of or pertaining to Aristotle, who taught philosophy while walking in the Lyceumof ancient Athens).
Never before has commerce been so peripatetic and never before have so many...
1. walking or traveling about; itinerant. 2. ( initial capital letter) of or pertaining to Aristotle, who taught philosophy while walking in the Lyceumof ancient Athens.
To vouchsafe a reply to a question.
to grant or give, as by favor, graciousness, or condescension
The Purple Heart
a United States military decoration awarded in the name of the President to those who have been wounded or killed while serving on or after April 5, 1917 with the U.S. military
(Physiology) red blood cell
a person especially fond of or addicted to gossiping.
Francis Scott Key
(August 1, 1779 – January 11, 1843) an American lawyer, author, and amateur poet, from Georgetown, who wrote the lyrics to the United States' national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner".
P.T. (Phineas Taylor) Barnum
(July 5, 1810 – April 7, 1891) was an American showman, businessman, scam artist and entertainer, remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes and for founding the circus that became the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
A fat-cat industrialist
a wealthy person, esp. one who makes large political campaign contributions
the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world. It is a non-profit organization open to people who score at the 98th percentile or higher on a standardized, supervised IQ or other approved intelligence test. Mensa is formally composed of national groups and the umbrella organization Mensa International, with a registered office in Caythorpe, Lincolnshire, England
The king's envoy is said to have carried the message in the sole of his shoe.
a diplomatic agent
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that exercises authority over the security of the traveling public in the United States
One bride to be has her monogram worked on her dish towels.
a design consisting of two or more alphabetic letters combined or interlaced, commonly one's initials, often printed on stationery, embroidered on clothing, etc.
He had a secret cipher of his own, though, a dove with an olive branch.
1. a branch of the olive tree as an emblem of peace. 2. any token of peace
Contagion is also spreading again to other countries in the periphery.
the external boundary of any surface or area.
any landlord or innkeeper
an outfit of clothing, bedding, etc., for a newborn baby
It would be explosive if high pay continued to be seen as a swindle.
to cheat (a person, business, etc.) out of money or other assets
She speaks out about her condition, alopecia, and bullying.
(Pathology) loss of hair; baldness
Non Sequitur [non sek-wi-ter]
That just sounds like a complete non sequitur
1. (Logic) an inference or a conclusion that does not follow from the premises. 2. a statement containing an illogical conclusion.
And a benison for the tabloid press: the egghead and the bombshell.
(archaic) a blessing, esp a spoken one; benediction
A jeremiad against the political apathy shown by so many young people.
a prolonged lamentation or mournful complaint
Nikola Tesla (Serbian Cyrillic: Никола Тесла; 10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943)
was a Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.
It is no secret that the sensitive grammarian leads a deeply troubled life.
a specialist or expert in grammar
But wayfarers did not quench their thirst from a flowing stream.
a traveler, especially on foot
The Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), commonly known as MI6 (Military Intelligence, Section 6)
the agency which supplies Her Majesty's Government (UK government) with foreign intelligence. It operates under the formal direction of the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) alongside the internal Security Service (MI5), the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and Defence Intelligence (DI).
the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) program used to recruit the scientists of Nazi Germany for employment by the United States in the aftermath of World War II (1939–45). It was conducted by the Joint Intelligence Objectives Agency (JIOA), and in the context of the burgeoning Cold War (1945–91), one purpose of Operation Paperclip was to deny German scientific expertise and knowledge to the USSR, the UK, and the newly-divided East and West Germanies themselves
Elevator Speech (an elevator pitch, or elevator statement)
a short summary used to quickly and simply define a person, profession, product, service, organization or event and its value proposition. The name "elevator pitch" reflects the idea that it should be possible to deliver the summary in the time span of an elevator ride, or approximately thirty seconds to two minutes
A political horse trade
shrewdly conducted exchange, as of favors or objects, usually resulting from or accompanied by very close bargaining
indecent or scandalous; risqué; obscene
Some addlepated clerk had confused our hotel reservation with that of another, similarly named, party
being mixed up: confused
On the precipice of war.
1. a cliff with a vertical, nearly vertical, or overhanging face 2. a situation of great peril
Sweetheart Deal (sweetheart contract)
A merger may be a sweetheart deal for the top executives of the target firm because they get very healthy buyout packages.
an abnormally favorable contractual arrangement
His fear was painful to see: his hands were shaking and there was a noticeable tremor in his neck.
involuntary shaking of the body or limbs, as from disease, fear, weakness, or excitement; a fit of trembling.
The pretender tried to usurp the throne.
to seize and hold (a position, office, power, etc.) by force or without legal right
The room is the size of an armoire and sparsely furnished.
a large wardrobe or movable cupboard, with doors and shelves
(Archaic) a subtlety or quibble
Political views are narrower and more transitory than values.
not lasting, enduring, permanent, or eternal
We have no idea what makes them friends other than their social propinquity.
1. nearness in place; proximity. 2. nearness of relation; kinship.
Airlines are eager to poach elite members, even from partner carriers.
to encroach on or usurp (another person's rights, duties, etc) or steal (an idea, employee, etc)
And he's brilliant, a four-star impresario of space and light.
a person who organizes or manages public entertainments, especially operas, ballets, or concerts
Originally part of the early medieval duchy of upper lorraine.
the territory ruled by a duke or duchess
Guests wearing formal party regalia.
1. The emblems or insignia of royalty, esp. the crown, scepter, and other ornaments used at a coronation. 2. The distinctive clothing worn and ornaments carried at formal occasions as an indication of status.
The president has several rainmakers among his advisers.
(Slang) an executive or lawyer with exceptional ability to attract clients, use political connections,increase profits, etc.
Wither on the Vine (British, American & Australian literary) also die on the vine (American & Australian literary)
if something withers on the vine, it is destroyed very gradually, usually because no one does anything to help or support it
An idol or symbolical figure which the Templars were accused of using in their mysterious rites.
Familiarity breeds contempt
The movie star doesn't let anyone get to know him, because he knows that familiarity breeds contempt.
People do not respect someone they know well enough to know his or her faults.
The rarefied atmosphere of a scholarly symposium.
extremely high or elevated; lofty; exalted
The caucuses, requiring a big commitment of time, may also be an awkward proxy...
1. the agency, function, or power of a person authorized to act as the deputy or substitute for another. 2. the person so authorized; substitute; agent.
Opening Bell and Closing Bell
refers to the beginning of the trading day on an exchange. However, in the United States, only the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) rings an actual bell every day. At 9:30 A.M. on every trading day, four bells-one in each of the NYSE's trading areas-ring simultaneously to signal the start of trading. Each trading day, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) rings its bell at 4 p.m. Eastern, signifying that the exchange floor is closing for the night.
(Pathology) abnormally excessive sweating
His voice had the crooning humor of a highbrow vaudevillian.
a person of superior intellectual interests and tastes
An event and its concomitant circumstances.
existing or occurring with something else, often in a lesser way; accompanying; concurrent
The military campaign was an exercise in national machismo.
a strong or exaggerated sense of manliness; an assumptive attitude that virility, courage, strength, and entitlement to dominate are attributes or concomitants of masculinity
(Philosophy) wisdom in determining ends and the means of attaining them.
To earn a place in the pantheon of American literature.
the place of the heroes or idols of any group, individual, movement, party, etc., or the heroes or idols themselves
Giant advertising posters depicting Daliesque distortions of everyday objects.
of, pertaining to, resembling, or characteristic of the surrealist art of Salvador Dali
The matador appears to clear a way through the air with his muleta for exactly the path the bull desires to follow.
a red cloth similar to but smaller than a capa and manipulated by a stick set into one of the three holes in or near the center, for use by a matador in guiding the course of the bull's attack in the stage of the fight preparatory to the kill.
Along the way the car ends up in a bullring playing the role of matador, the best of several incongruous adventures.
the principal bullfighter in a bullfight who passes the bull with a muleta and then, in many countries, kills it with a sword thrust; a torero
Incendiary Weapons (incendiary devices or incendiary bombs)
are bombs designed to start fires or destroy sensitive equipment, using materials such as napalm, thermite, chlorine trifluoride, or white phosphorus.
a 15th-century Inca site located 2,430 metres (7,970 ft) above sea level. It is located in the Cusco Region, Urubamba Province, Machupicchu District in Peru. It is situated on a mountain ridge above the Sacred Valley which is 80 kilometres (50 mi) northwest of Cusco and through which the Urubamba River flows. Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438–1472). Often referred to as the "Lost City of the Incas", it is perhaps the most familiar icon of Inca civilization.
The ephemeral joys of childhood.
lasting a very short time; short-lived; transitory
Also called, tip-of-the-tongue phenomenon (TOT), is the failure to retrieve a word from memory, combined with partial recall and the feeling that retrieval is imminent. The phenomenon's name comes from the saying, "It's on the tip of my tongue".
Another is an environmental troubadour who has opened for some of country music's biggest stars.
one of a class of medieval lyric poets who flourished principally in southern France from the 11th to 13th centuries, and wrote songs and poems of a complex metrical form in langue d'oc, chiefly on themes of courtly love.
A slush fund, colloquially, is an auxiliary monetary account or a reserve fund. However, in the context of corrupt dealings, such as those by governments or large corporations, a slush fund can have particular connotations of illegality, illegitimacy, or secrecy in regard to the use of this money and the means by which the funds were acquired.
To demarcate a piece of property.
to determine or mark off the boundaries or limits of
Our plan has the company president's imprimatur.
sanction or approval; support
He was now dressed for the evening, in a white tuxedo shirt, black cummerbund , and bowtie.
a wide sash worn at the waist, especially a horizontally pleated one worn with a tuxedo
We can no longer afford to genuflect at the greenaltar.
1. to bend the knee or touch one knee to the floor in reverence or worship. 2. to express a servile attitude.
The Dunning–Kruger Effect
a cognitive bias in which unskilled individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly rating their ability much higher than average. This bias is attributed to a metacognitive inability of the unskilled to recognize their mistakes.
Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD)
a tactic used in sales, marketing, public relations, politics and propaganda. FUD is generally a strategic attempt to influence perception by disseminating negative and dubious or false information. An individual firm, for example, might use FUD to invite unfavorable opinions and speculation about a competitor's product; to increase the general estimation of switching costs among current customers; or to maintain leverage over a current business partner who could potentially become a rival.
On one long wall are shelves that contain mason jar after mason jar of pickled copepods.
1. a person whose trade is building with units of various natural orartificial mineral products, as stones, bricks, cinder blocks, ortiles, usually with the use of mortar or cement as a bonding agent. 2. a person who dresses stones or bricks.
An archaic manner; an archaic notion.
marked by the characteristics of an earlier period; antiquated
a river in S central Louisiana, flowing S to an inlet (Atchafalaya Bay) on the Gulf of Mexico; a heavily engineered distributary of the Mississippi. 225 miles (362 km).
The stipend is payable during the course of study and during vacation periods...
1. a periodic payment, especially a scholarship or fellowship allowance granted to a student. 2. fixed or regular pay; salary.
Attenuate [uh-ten-yoo-eyt; uh-ten-yoo-it]
To attenuate desire
to weaken or reduce in force, intensity, effect, quantity, or value
He will probably be part of a consortium bidding to take the firm private.
1. a combination of financial institutions, capitalists, etc., for carrying into effect some financial operation requiring large resources of capital. 2. any association, partnership, or union.
The music was an anodyne to his grief.
anything that relieves distress or pain
Lemon juice is acerbic
sour or astringent in taste
(Pharmacology) a preparation of opium and ipecacuanha, formerly used to relieve pain, induce sweating, and check spasms
a member of a Roman Catholic religious order (Society of Jesus) founded by Ignatius of Loyola in 1534
Phoenicians live in a shallow bowl, restricting the ability for airborne pollutants to escape readily.
(noun) 1. a native or inhabitant of Phoenicia (adjective) 2. noting or pertaining to the script used for the writing of Phoenician from the 11th century b.c. or earlier and from which were derived the Greek, Roman, and all other Western alphabets.
His doggerel and sharp comments at these events were always enjoyed by the audience.
1. a. comic or burlesque, and usually loose or irregular in measure. b. rude; crude; poor.
Plaintiff fled the speakeasy when the shooting started.
a saloon or nightclub selling alcoholic beverages illegally, especially during prohibition
Larry (formally Lawrence Gordon) Tesler (born April 24, 1945)
a computer scientist working in the field of human-computer interaction. Tesler has worked at Xerox PARC, Apple Computer, Amazon.com, and Yahoo! Although the mechanism was already in widespread use in early line and character editors, Lawrence G. Tesler (Larry Tesler) popularized "cut and paste" in the context of computer-based text-editing while working at Xerox Corporation Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in 1974–1975
is a phenomenon that occurs when people feel pain, particularly joint pain or migraine headaches correlating with changes in barometric pressure and other weather phenomena.
Steve submitted docilely to the pediatrician's experienced prodding and auscultation.
(Medicine/Medical) the act of listening, either directly or through a stethoscope or other instrument, to sounds within the body as a method of diagnosis
The Star Route Scandal
involved a lucrative 19th century scheme whereby United States postal officials received bribes in exchange for awarding postal delivery contracts in southern and western areas. The way the swindle worked was contractors would first make low "straw" bids for the routes, while other contractors in the ring would make exorbitantly high bids. Through a series of default bidding the ring contractor would receive the contract route at an exorbitant high price. Profits from the excessively high contracts would be split between ring leaders. The ring consisted of a complex relationship between brokers, contractors, and appointed members of the Postal Service.
At their birth, photography, the phonograph and cinematography were useful metaphors.
any sound-reproducing machine using records in the form of cylinders or discs
We shall carry a graphophone and shall have some other features to attract as we did in the wagon.
a phonograph for recording and reproducing sounds on wax records.
Services of a certified translator, court reporter or stenographer available.
a person who specializes in taking dictation in shorthand
The canary warbled most of the day.
to sing or whistle with trills, quavers, or melodic embellishments
Antibiotics may be used to treat tonsil, adenoid, and sinus infections when they occur.
an enlarged mass of lymphoid tissue in the upper pharynx, often obstructing breathing through the nasal passages. See diag. under tonsil.
A performer whose grace, skill, and virtuosity enthrall her audiences.
to captivate or charm
Diagonal view of orchestra, proscenium and stage, curtains open.
(Theater) the part of a theater stage in front of the curtain
A seminal artist; seminal ideas
1. pertaining to, containing, or consisting of semen 2. highly original and influencing the development of future events
a 1953 play by the American playwright Arthur Miller. It was initially called "The Chronicles of Sarah Good". It is a dramatization of the Salem witch trials that took place in the Province of Massachusetts Bay during 1692 and 1693. Miller wrote the play as an allegory of McCarthyism, when the U.S. government blacklisted accused communists.
Pari Passu [pah-ree pahs-soo]
with equal pace or progress; side by side
Down the Rabbit Hole
a metaphor for adventure into the unknown, from its use in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
She felt that she had grown as a clinician andmastered a complex and taxing practice.
physician or other qualified person who is involved in the treatment and observation of living patients, as distinguished from one engaged in research.
Often a warm mineral oil enema is used to soften and lubricate the stool.
liquid injected into the rectum
solid mass of medication that melts on insertion into the rectum or vagina
a small, privately held American corporation that is developing a roadable aircraft dubbed the Transition. Their General Aviation (GA), Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) is designed to fold its wings, enabling the vehicle to also operate as a street-legal road vehicle. First delivery is scheduled for 2015. It is the sole registered automobile manufacturer in Massachusetts
Trust, but Verify
a form of advice given which recommends that while a source of information might be considered reliable, one should perform additional research to verify that such information is accurate, or trustworthy.Suzanne Massie, a writer on Russia met with President Ronald Reagan many times between 1984 and 1987. She taught him the Russian Proverb, Doveryai no Proveryai (Trust but Verify) advising him that "The Russians like to talk in proverbs. It would be nice of you to know a few. You are an actor – you can learn them very quickly"
The Monty Hall Problem
a probability puzzle, loosely based on the American television game show Let's Make a Deal and named after its original host, Monty Hall. "Suppose you're on a game show, and you're given the choice of three doors: Behind one door is a car; behind the others, goats. You pick a door, say No. 1, and the host, who knows what's behind the doors, opens another door, say No. 3, which has a goat. He then says to you, "Do you want to pick door No. 2?" Is it to your advantage to switch your choice?"
The Florence Nightingale Effect
a situation where a caregiver develops romantic and/or sexual feelings for his/her patient, even if very little communication or contact takes place outside of basic care. Feelings may fade once the patient is no longer in need of care, either by recovery or death.
The Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake
an annual event held on the Spring Bank Holiday at Cooper's Hill, (grid reference SO892146) near Gloucester in England. It is traditionally by and for the people who live in the local village of Brockworth, but now people from all over the world take part. The Guardian called it a "world-famous event", and indeed, in 2013, a 27 year old American and a 39 year old Japanese each won one of the four races. The event takes its name from the hill on which it occurs.
a week-long annual event held in the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada, in the United States. The event begins on the last Monday in August, and ends on the first Monday in September, which coincides with the American Labor Day holiday. It takes its name from the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy, which is set alight on Saturday evening. The event is described as an experiment in community, art, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance. Burning Man is organized by Black Rock City, LLC.
It is made of blue chambray and trim med with a bias band of darker blue.
a fine cloth of cotton, silk, or linen, commonly of plain weave with a colored warp and white weft.
the minimum number of members of a deliberative assembly (a body that uses parliamentary procedure, such as a legislature) necessary to conduct the business of that group. According to Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, the "requirement for a quorum is protection against totally unrepresentative action in the name of the body by an unduly small number of persons."
Morin Code (or Code Morin)
a phrase used to refer to the text Procédures des assemblées délibérantes, first published in 1938 by Victor Morin.The Code details procedures for organizational meetings, and was inspired by Robert's Rules of Order. It is the principal procedural code used in Quebec.Many different aspects of the structure of meetings are discussed in the Code, including how topics are presented, how meetings are started, and how to calculate a quorum. It also details who can force a vote to be made, and who can present objections to the process of the meeting.
Robert's Rules of Order
the short title of a book, written by Brig. Gen. Henry Martyn Robert, containing rules of orderintended to be adopted as a parliamentary authority for use by a deliberative assembly.
a false consensus, reached most commonly when members of a group feel they are expected to go along with the majority decision, as when the voting basis is a largesupermajority and nothing can get done unless some of the members of the minority acquiesce. This can cause problems such as the Abilene paradox.
False-Consensus Effect (or false-consensus bias)
a cognitive bias whereby a person tends to overestimate how many people agree with him or her. There is a tendency for people to assume that their own opinions, beliefs, preferences, values and habits are 'normal' and that others also think the same way that they do. This cognitive bias tends to lead to the perception of a consensus that does not exist, a 'false consensus'. This false consensus is significant because it increases self-esteem. The need to be "normal" and fit in with other people is underlined by a desire to conform and be liked by others in a social environment.
a situation where a majority of group members privately reject a norm, but assume incorrectly that most others accept it, also described as 'no one believes, but everyone thinks that everyone believes." In short, pluralistic ignorance is a bias about a social group, held by a social group. Lack of public opposition then helps perpetuate a norm that may be, in fact, disliked by most people. A lot of people are wrong about something but because everyone sees this wrong idea as the perceived social norm, no one speaks up against it.
a group of people collectively decide on a course of action that is counter to the preferences of many of the individuals in the group. It involves a common breakdown of group communication in which each member mistakenly believes that their own preferences are counter to the group's and, therefore, does not raise objections. A common phrase relating to the Abilene paradox is a desire to not "rock the boat".
a psychological phenomenon that occurs within a group of people, in which the desire for harmony or conformity in the group results in an incorrect or deviant decision-making outcome. Group members try to minimize conflict and reach a consensus decision without critical evaluation of alternative ideas or viewpoints, and by isolating themselves from outside influences.
Diana Nyad (August 22, 1949)
an American author, journalist, motivational speaker, and world record long-distance swimmer. Nyad gained national attention in 1975 when she swam around Manhattan (28 miles) and in 1979 when she swam from North Bimini, The Bahamas, to Juno Beach, Florida (102 miles). In 2013, on her fifth attempt and at age 64, she became the first person confirmed to swim from Cuba to Florida without the protection of a shark cage, swimming from Havana to Key West (110 miles).
(Mop Dog) The Komondor is a large, white-coloured Hungarian breed of livestock guardian dog with a long, corded coat. Sometimes referred to as 'mop dogs,' the Komondor is a long-established powerful dog breed that has a natural guardian instinct to guard livestock and other property. The Komondor was brought to Europe by the Cumans and it was mentioned for the first time in 1544 in a Hungarian codex. The Komondor breed has been declared one of Hungary’s national treasures, to be preserved and protected from modification.
The penultimate scene of the play.
next to the last
the fear of being out of mobile phone contact
The young bohemians with their art galleries and sushi bars.
1. a native or inhabitant of Bohemia. 2. (usually lowercase) a person, as an artist or writer, who lives and acts free of regard for conventional rules and practices
Old friends regale her as she continues to hold court.
to entertain lavishly or agreeably; delight
In telecommunications, radio silence is a status in which all fixed or mobile radio stations in an area are asked to stop transmitting for safety or security reasons. The term "radio station" may include anything capable of transmitting a radio signal.
In physics, potential energy is the energy of an object or a system due to the position of the body or the arrangement of the particles of the system. The SI unit for measuring work and energy is the joule (symbol J).
In physics, the kinetic energy of an object is the energy which it possesses due to its motion. It is defined as the work needed to accelerate a body of a given mass from rest to its stated velocity. Having gained this energy during its acceleration, the body maintains this kinetic energy unless its speed changes. The same amount of work is done by the body in decelerating from its current speed to a state of rest.
1. an apparatus for representing the positions, motions, and phases of the planets, satellites, etc., in the solar system. 2. any of certain similar machines, as a planetarium.
Perhaps I've coined a methodology, or at least a nomenclature.
1. a set or system of names or terms, as those used in a particular science or art, by an individual orcommunity, etc. 2. the names or terms comprising a set or system.
The Geneva Conventions
The Geneva Conventions comprise four treaties, and three additional protocols, that establish the standards of international law for the humanitarian treatment of war.
Don Johnson won nearly $6 million playing blackjack in one night, single-handedly decimating the monthly revenue of Atlantic City’s Tropicana casino. Not long before that, he’d taken the Borgata for $5 million and Caesars for $4 million.
a form of problem solving, often applied to repair failed products or processes. It is a logical, systematic search for the source of a problem so that it can be solved, and so the product or process can be made operational again.
The nurse kept her vigil at the bedside of the dying man.
1. wakefulness maintained for any reason during the normal hours for sleeping. 2. a watch or a period of watchful attention maintained at night or at other times
The Lisfranc Injury
an injury of the foot in which one or more of the metatarsal bones are displaced from the tarsus
One who finds intelligence the most sexually attractive feature
a former American football tight end who played for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League. On September 9, 2007, Everett sustained a fracture and dislocation of his cervical spine that his doctors characterized as "life-threatening" the day after the injury, and stated it is likely to leave him with permanent neurological impairment. However, on September 11, 2007, Everett showed significant movement in his arms and legs, which led doctors to speculate that he might eventually be able to walk again. Indeed, Everett walked in public for the first time at Ralph Wilson Stadium before the home finale against the New York Giants on December 23, 2007.
Most of the reformist brain trust has been rounded up.
group of experts from various fields who serve as unofficial consultants on matters of policy and strategy
The legend of the Headless Horseman begins in Sleepy Hollow, New York. The Horseman was a Hessian of unknown rank, one of many hired to suppress the American Revolution. During the war, the Horseman was one of 51 Hessians killed in a battle for Chatterton Hill, wherein his head was severed by an American cannonball. He was buried in a graveyard outside a church. Thereafter he appears as a ghost, who presents to nightly travelers an actual danger (rather than the largely harmless fright produced by the majority of ghosts), presumably of decapitation.
an acronym for Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network, is a private, nonprofit American cable televisionnetwork, created in 1979 by the cable television industry as a public service that televises many proceedings of the federal government, as well as other public affairs programming. The network televises U.S. political events, particularly live and "gavel-to-gavel" coverage of the U.S. Congress as well as occasional proceedings of the Canadian and British Parliaments and major events worldwide.
an inflammation of the outer ear and ear canal. Along with otitis media, external otitis is one of the two human conditions commonly called "earache".
official international agency that coordinates the police activities of more than 100 member nations: organized in 1923 with headquarters in Paris.
amusing scene, incident, or speech introduced into serious or tragic elements, as in a play, in order to provide temporary relief from tension, or to intensify the dramatic action.
A quasi member.
resembling; seeming; virtual
Fiction is one giant pseudo -statement, a fact-checker's nightmare.
not actually but having the appearance of; pretended; false or spurious; sham.
But a miasma of other dark fears soon arose, and has yet to dissipate.
1. noxious exhalations from putrescent organic matter; poisonous effluvia or germs polluting the atmosphere 2. a dangerous, foreboding, or deathlike influence or atmosphere.
Barrels range in size and can be equipped with a spigot or hose for easy use.
a small peg or plug for stopping the vent of a cask
an American television game show that has aired several versions. The original series, The $10,000 Pyramid, debuted March 26, 1973, and spawned seven subsequent Pyramid series (most with a full title format matching the original series, with the title reflecting the top prize increase from $10,000, $20,000, $25,000, $50,000 to $100,000 over the years). The game featured two contestants, each paired with a celebrity. Players attempt to guess a series of words or phrases based on descriptions given to them by their teammates.
The Flat Stanley Project
was started in 1995 by Dale Hubert, a third grade schoolteacher in London, Ontario, Canada. It is meant to facilitate letter-writing by schoolchildren to each other as they document where Flat Stanley has accompanied them.
The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest (BLFC)
It was a dark and stormy night.
a tongue-in-cheek contest that takes place annually and is sponsored by the English Department of San Jose State University in San Jose, California. Entrants are invited "to compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels" – that is, deliberately bad. According to the official rules, the prize for winning the contest is "a pittance", or $250.
In literary criticism, purple prose is written prose that is so extravagant, ornate, or flowery as to break the flow and draw excessive attention to itself. Purple prose is sensually evocative beyond the requirements of its context. It may also employ certain rhetorical effects such as exaggerated sentiment or pathos in an attempt to manipulate a reader's response.When it is limited to certain passages, they may be termed purple patches or purple passages; these are often noted as standing out from the rest of the work.
Yellow Journalism (or the yellow press)
a type of journalism that presents little or no legitimate well-researched news and instead uses eye-catching headlines to sell more newspapers. Techniques may include exaggerations of news events, scandal-mongering, or sensationalism. By extension, the term yellow journalism is used today as a pejorative to decry any journalism that treats news in an unprofessional or unethical fashion.
an infectious disease unique to humans, caused by either of two virus variants, Variola major and Variola minor. The disease is also known by the Latin names Variola or Variola vera, derived from varius ("spotted") or varus ("pimple"). The disease was originally known in English as the "pox" or "red plague"; Smallpox localized in small blood vessels of the skin and in the mouth and throat. In the skin it resulted in a characteristic maculopapular rash and, later, raised fluid-filled blisters
Signals are distorted, sibilant, and overly compressed.
was a brand associated with several desktop microcomputer lines sold by Tandy Corporation through their Radio Shack stores. The original "TRS-80 Micro Computer System" launched in 1977 (later known as the Model I) was one of the earliest mass-produced personal computers
Most rely on teaching, day jobs or rich spouses in their dotage.
1. a decline of mental faculties, especially as associated with old age; senility. 2. excessive fondness; foolish affection.
Botany (-ist) [bot-n-ee]
The botany of Alaska.
the science of plants; the branch of biology that deals with plant life
The prison has set aside a private space for conjugal visits.
of or relating to marriage or the relationship between husband and wife
This deciduous shrub reaches 8 to 15 feet tall and wide.
1. shedding the leaves annually, as certain trees and shrubs 2. not permanent; transitory.
So the living veneer of this reef, the part a diver sees, is ever changing.
a thin layer of wood or other material for facing or inlaying wood
He hasn't even a modicum of common sense
a moderate or small amount
Drugstore consumers are feeling the pain of sticker shock as never before.
shock or dismay experienced by the potential buyers of a particular product on discovering its high or increased price.
Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. is an American supplier of propane. Ferrellgas has corporate operations in the Kansas City suburbs of Liberty, Missouri and Overland Park, Kansas.
Social maladies; a malady of the spirit.
1. any disorder or disease of the body, especially one that is chronic or deepseated. 2. any undesirable or disordered condition
to edit especially by shortening or deletion
He was not the rollicking picaro many thought him to be.
a rogue or vagabond
a complex computer system used officially in numerous sports such as cricket, tennis, Gaelic football, hurling and association football, to visually track the trajectory of the ball and display a record of its most statistically likely path as a moving image
Touch of the Tar Brush
(derogatory) A derogatory descriptive phrase for when a person of predominantly Caucasian ancestry has real or suspected African or Asian distant ancestry
a written contract executed after a couple gets married, or have entered a civil union, to settle the couple's affairs and assets in the event of a separation or divorce
Compared to the apery or affected ones that are affected from the original, they are almost better.
apish behavior; mimicry
pedestrian traffic: people coming and going on foot
Buyer's remorse is the sense of regret after having made a purchase.
Unbricking an Iphone
To reopen something bricked up; To repair a device that was bricked (rendered inoperative)
July Phenomenon (or July Effect or Killing Season in UK)
a perceived increase in the risk of medical errors and surgical complications that occurs in association with the time of year in which United States medical school graduates begin residencies.
A preponderant misconception.
superior in weight, force, influence, numbers, etc.; prevailing
a coming-of-age novel by S. E. Hinton, first published in 1967 by Viking Press. Hinton was 15 when she started writing the novel, but did most of the work when she was sixteen and a junior in high school. Hinton was 18 when the book was published. The book follows two rival groups, the Greasers and the Socs (pronounced by the author as /soʊˈʃəz/, short for Socials), who are divided by their socioeconomic status.
the term encompassing all of the surgical treatments for morbid obesity, not just gastric bypasses, which make up only one class of such operations.
He has reneged on his promise.
1. (Cards) to play a card that is not of the suit led when one can follow suit; break a rule of play. 2. to go back on one's word
Infectious mononucleosis (IM; also known as mono, glandular fever, Pfeiffer's disease, Filatov's disease, and sometimes colloquially as the kissing disease from its oral transmission)
is an infectious, widespread viral disease caused by the Epstein–Barr virus (EBV), one type of herpes virus, against which over 90% of adults are likely to have acquired immunity by the age of 40. Occasionally, the symptoms can recur at a later period. Most people are exposed to the virus as children, when the disease produces no noticeable or only flu-like symptoms. In developing countries, people are exposed to the virus in early childhood more often than in developed countries. As a result, the disease in its observable form is more common in developed countries. It is most common among adolescents and young adults.
a heat wave that occurs in the autumn. It refers to a period of above-normal temperatures, accompanied by dry and hazy conditions, usually after there has been a killing frost.
They don't neuter or spay and they end up with litters and litters of puppies that no one wants.
1. of or denoting a gender of nouns in some languages, typically contrasting with masculine and feminine or common 2. (of an animal) lacking developed sexual organs, or having had them removed.
The company provided a variety of golden handcuffs to keep its execs happy through a takeover.
monetary inducements to stay on the job. (Usually for highly paid executives in large corporations. See also golden parachute.)
a clause in an executive employment contract that provides the executive with a significant severance package in the case that the executive loses his or her job through firing, restructuring, or even scheduled retirement
The Peter Principle
a proposition that states that the members of an organization where promotion is based on achievement, success, and merit will eventually be promoted beyond their level of ability.
Walter Hartwell "Walt" White Sr. (also known by his clandestine alias, Heisenberg)
is a fictional character in the American television drama series Breaking Bad on AMC. He was portrayed by Bryan Cranston and was created by series creator Vince Gilligan. Once a promising chemist who was one of the founding members of the multi-billion dollar company Gray Matter Technologies, Walter left the company for personal reasons and became an unhappy and disillusioned high school chemistry teacher. After being diagnosed with Stage IIIA lung cancer, he resorts to manufacturing methamphetamine to ensure his family's financial security when he dies. As the series progresses, Walter gradually becomes darker and takes on a more villainous role.
Urban and regional planners need to recognize the ways urbanized landscapes evolve.
to perceive; become conscious of; know.
Breadth [bredth, bretth, breth]
A person with great breadth of view.
1. the measure of the second largest dimension of a plane or solid figure; width. 2. size in general; extent
Patents on many lucrative drugs are on the verge of expiry.
1. expiration of breath. 2. an end or termination, as of life or a contract.
The emergent nations of Africa.
coming into existence, especially with political independence
From demagoguery to sophistry, the deniers practice the whole range of methods...
1. a subtle, tricky, superficially plausible, but generally fallacious method of reasoning. 2. a false argument; sophism.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Assessment
is a psychometric questionnaire designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions.
The actor who would play Cyrano must have panache.
a grand or flamboyant manner; verve; style; flair
An acrimonious answer; an acrimonious dispute.
caustic, stinging, or bitter in nature, speech, behavior, etc.
one of a group of annual prizes in journalism, literature, music, etc., established by Joseph Pulitzer: administered by Columbia University; first awarded 1917
an arrest made by a person who is not acting as a sworn law-enforcement official. In common law jurisdictions, the practice dates back to medieval Britain and the English common law, in which sheriffs encouraged ordinary citizens to help apprehend law breakers.
Cocktail Party Effect
the phenomenon of being able to focus one's auditory attention on a particular stimulus while filtering out a range of other stimuli, much the same way that a partygoer can focus on a single conversation in a noisy room. This effect is what allows most people to "tune into" a single voice and "tune out" all others. It may also describe a similar phenomenon that occurs when one may immediately detect words of importance originating from unattended stimuli, for instance hearing one's name in another conversation.
That's a red herring argument, and not at all the point.
something intended to divert attention from the real problem or matter at hand; a misleading clue
Candid Camera is an American hidden camera/practical joke reality television series created and produced by Allen Funt, which initially began on radio as Candid Microphone June 28, 1947. The show involved concealing cameras filming ordinary people being confronted with unusual situations, sometimes involving trick props, such as a desk with drawers that pop open when one is closed or a car with a hidden extra gas tank. When the joke was revealed, victims would be told the show's catchphrase, "Smile, you're on Candid Camera."
a newspaper comic strip drawn by Brad Anderson from 1954 to the present day. The strip was created by Anderson, with help from Phil Leeming (1955–1962) and later Dorothy Leeming (1963–1969), and (since August 2, 2004) Paul Anderson. The strip revolves around the Winslow family and their Great Dane, Marmaduke. The strip on Sundays also has a side feature called "Dog Gone Funny", in which one or more panels are devoted to dog anecdotes submitted by the fans. Anderson, who says he draws on Laurel and Hardy routines for his ideas, received the National Cartoonists Society Newspaper Panel Cartoon Award for the strip in 1978.
A digital or virtual currency that uses peer-to-peer technology to facilitate instant payments. Bitcoin is a type of alternative currency known as a cryptocurrency, which uses cryptography for security, making it difficult to counterfeit. Bitcoin issuance and transactions are carried out collectively by the network, with no central authority.
A premonition, or hunch. A belief based on very little evidence
His fair-weather friends left him when he lost his money.
weakening or failing in time of trouble
The results were displayed as a wave on the oscilloscope.
(Electricity) a device that uses a cathode-ray tube or similar instrument to depict on a screen periodic changes in anelectric quantity, as voltage or current.
In labor economics, the efficiency wage hypothesis argues that wages, at least in some markets, form in a way that is not market-clearing. Specifically, it points to the incentive for managers to pay their employees more than the market-clearing wage in order to increase their productivity or efficiency, or reduce costs associated with turnover, in industries where the costs of replacing labor is high. This increased labor productivity and/or decreased costs pay for the higher wages
Air Traffic Control (ATC)
a service provided by ground-based controllers who direct aircraft on the ground and through controlled airspace, and can provide advisory services to aircraft in non-controlled airspace. The primary purpose of ATC worldwide is to prevent collisions, organize and expedite the flow of traffic, and provide information and other support for pilots. In some countries, ATC plays a security or defensive role, or is operated by the military.
(Psychiatry) a person undergoing psychoanalysis
(Psychoanalysis) the uncensored expression of the ideas, impressions, etc., passing through the mind of the analysand, a technique used to facilitate access to the unconscious.
The crowd rushed pell-mell into the store when the doors opened.
in disorderly, headlong haste; in a recklessly hurried manner
vigorous dancing done to jazz dance music as an exercise for physical fitness
Six Ways to Sunday
She studied the subject six ways to Sunday before reaching a conclusion.
Use this phrase to describe something you did or would like to do a good amount of times. This phrase says "six ways" which represent the six days
also called Dutch wife, is a type of large pillow from Japan. The word is often translated in English simply as "hug pillow". In Japan, dakimakura are similar to Western orthopedic body pillows, and are commonly used by Japanese youth as "security objects". In the West, "dakimakura" is associated with a love pillow. Love pillows are a subset of dakimakura and a type of inflatable sex toy.
Yeti will find our exposition a marvel-an education in itself.
a work of comic prose by Irish writer James Joyce that is significant for its experimental style and resulting reputation as one of the most difficult works of fiction in the English language
Go ahead and try to word salad your way out of this one.
incoherent speech consisting of both real and imaginary words, lacking comprehensive meaning, and occurring in advanced schizophrenic states
a communication disorder in which the train of thought of the speaker wanders and shows a lack of focus, never returning to the initial topic of the conversation.
a 2013 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Woody Allen. It tells the story of a rich Manhattan socialite falling into destitute poverty and homelessness.
a play written by William Shakespeare. It is considered one of his darkest and most powerful tragedies. Set in Scotland, the play dramatizes the corrosive psychological and political effects produced when evil is chosen as a way to fulfil the ambition for power. Macbeth is Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy, and tells the story of a brave Scottish general named Macbeth who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia, and he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler as he is forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion. The bloodbath and consequent civil war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of arrogance, madness, and death.
The colloquial term for any cases of traveler's diarrhea contracted by tourists visiting Mexico.
a systematic process of being skeptical about (or doubting) the truth of one's beliefs, which has become a characteristic method in philosophy. This method of doubt was largely popularized in Western philosophy by René Descartes (1596-1650), who sought to doubt the truth of all his beliefs in order to determine which beliefs he could be certain were true.
Rule of 7
The mathematical rule used in approximating the number of years it will take a given investment to double in value. The number of years to double an investment is calculated by dividing 72 by the annual rate of return. Thus, an investment expected to earn 10% annually will double the investor's funds in 72/10 , or 7.2 years. Dividing 72 by the number of years in which the investor wishes to double his or her funds will yield the necessary rate of return
the Greek god of wine, fruitfulness, and vegetation, worshipped in orgiastic rites. He was also known as the bestower of ecstasy and god of the drama, and identified with Bacchus
(Astronomy, Navigation) the arc of the horizon measured clockwise from the south point, in astronomy, or from the north point, in navigation, to the point where a vertical circle through a given heavenly body intersects the horizon.
(in Scottish legends) a water spirit, usually having the form of a horse, reputed to cause drownings or to warn those in danger of drowning.
(OJ Simpson Murder Case) O.J. Simpson hired a team of high-profile lawyers, including F. Lee Bailey, Robert Shapiro, Alan Dershowitz, Robert Kardashian, Gerald Uelmen (the dean of law at Santa Clara University), Carl E. Douglas and Johnnie Cochran.
Frank Lloyd Wright (born Frank Lincoln Wright, June 8, 1867 – April 9, 1959)
was an American architect, interior designer, writer and educator, who designed more than 1000 structures and completed 532 works. Wright believed in designing structures which were in harmony with humanity and its environment, a philosophy he called organic architecture. This philosophy was best exemplified by his design for Fallingwater (1935), which has been called "the best all-time work of American architecture".
Though absurdly unscientific even for its time, phrenology was remarkably prescient-up to a point.
a psychological theory or analytical method based on the belief that certain mental faculties and character traits are indicated by the configurations of the skull.
The Elias Sports Bureau (ESB)
an American company that provides historical research and statistical services in the field of professional sports
Ingénue [an[an-zhuh-nooz, -nyooz; French an-zhey-ny]
Her character is neither a simple ingenue nor a vamp.
the part of an artless, innocent, unworldly girl or young woman, especially as represented on the stage.
lowly and sometimes degrading
Stare Decisis [stair-ee di-sahy-sis]
(Law) the doctrine that rules or principles of law on which a court rested a previous decision are authoritative in all future cases in which the facts are substantially the same.
to make a hole or holes through by boring, punching, piercing, or the like
(Trademark) a brand of bituminous binder, similar to tarmacadam, for surfacing roads, airport runways, parking areas, etc.
a rail transport project in the Turkish city of Istanbul. It comprises an undersea rail tunnel under the Bosphorus strait, and the modernization of existing suburban railway lines along the Sea of Marmara from Halkalı on the European side to Gebze on the Asian side. The procurement of new rolling stock for suburban passenger traffic is also part of the project. Construction started in 2004, with an initial target opening date of April 2009. After multiple delays caused by historical finds, the first phase of the project opened on October 29, 2013
the furrowed outer layer of gray matter in the cerebrum of the brain, associated with the higher brain functions, as voluntary movement, coordination of sensory information, learning and memory, and the expression of individuality.
In Classical Greek mythology, Phobos is more of a personification of the fear brought by war and does not appear as a character in any myths. Timor is his Roman equivalent.
Higgs Boson [higz bo-son]
(Physics) a hypothetical type of heavy, electrically neutral particle with zerospin.
I know what she means all right. But I know something she doesn't know. Money is a good counterpoise to beauty.
to balance by an opposing weight; counteract by an opposing force
Social engineering has become the major mission of colleges.
the application of the findings of social science to the solution ofactual social problems.
Tower of Babel
a tower presumptuously intended to reach from earth to heaven, the building of which was frustrated when Jehovah confused the language of the builders (Genesis 11:1--9)
All the hullabaloo for over half a decade, and it ends with a whimper.
a clamorous noise or disturbance; uproar.
an ancient Persian unit of distance, equal to about 3.5 miles (5.6km).
They were exceptionally friendly, and even encouraged your correspondent to climb up the minaret.
a lofty, often slender, tower or turret attached to a mosque, surrounded by or furnished with one or more balconies, from which the muezzin calls the people to prayer.
Day's deportment when she's riled-her executive-battlefield forward charge, her...
demeanor; conduct; behavior
Rite of Passage
a ritual event that marks a person's transition from one status to another.
1. a minute or microscopic animal, nearly or quite invisible to the naked eye, as an infusorian or rotifer. 2. (Archaic) a tiny animal, as a mouse or fly.
Mount Ararat [ar-uh-rat]
a mountain in E Turkey, near the borders of Iran and Armenia: traditionally considered the landing place of Noah's Ark. 16,945 feet (5165 meters).
the movement of the Earth's continents relative to each other by appearing to drift across the ocean bed
Johannes Kepler (German; December 27, 1571 – November 15, 1630)
a German mathematician, astronomer andastrologer. A key figure in the 17th century scientific revolution, he is best known for his eponymous laws of planetary motion, codified by later astronomers, based on his works Astronomia nova, Harmonices Mundi, and Epitome of Copernican Astronomy. These works also provided one of the foundations for Isaac Newton's theory of universal gravitation.
(first published as Walden; or, Life in the Woods) an American book written by noted transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau. The work is part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, satire, and manual for self-reliance. First published in 1854, it details Thoreau's experiences over the course of two years, two months, and two days in a cabin he built near Walden Pond, amidst woodland owned by his friend and mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson, near Concord, Massachusetts. The book compresses the time into a single calendar year and uses passages of four seasons to symbolize human development.
Jimi Hendrix 1st Gig
was at National Guard Armory for $0.35
Joseph Cosey (February 18, 1887 – ?)
is the favorite alias of notorious forger Martin Coneely. He was very skilled at mimicking the handwriting of historical American figures.
is a revolver. It was the first commercial repeating firearm employing a revolving cylinder with multiple chambers aligned with a single, stationary barrel. Its design was patented by Samuel Colt on February 25, 1836, in the United States, France, and England, and it derived its name from being produced in Paterson, New Jersey.
“God made man, But …
Samuel Colt made them equal"
Pope Leo XIII (2 March 1810 – 20 July 1903)
born Vincenzo Gioacchino Raffaele Luigi Pecci to an Italian comital family, was the head of the Roman Catholic Church from 20 February 1878 to his death in 1903. He was the oldest pope (reigning until the age of 93), and had the third longest pontificate, behind Pope Pius IX (his immediate predecessor) and Pope John Paul II. He is the most recent pontiff to date to take the pontifical name of "Leo" upon being elected as pope.
a play on the word "pothole," is a gap or inconsistency in a storyline that goes against the flow of logic established by the story's plot, or constitutes a blatant omission of relevant information regarding the plot sometimes even contradicting itself.
Professor Albus (Percival Wulfric Brian) Dumbledore
a major character and one of the protagonists of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. For most of the series, he is the headmaster of the wizarding school Hogwarts. As part of his backstory, it is revealed that he is the founder and leader of the Order of the Phoenix, an organisation dedicated to fighting the main antagonist of the series, Lord Voldemort.
(also known as a Pythagoras cup, a Greedy Cup or a Tantalus cup) a form of drinking cup which forces its user to imbibe only in moderation.
an amphibious automobile, the first such vehicle mass-produced for sale to the public starting in 1961.
Freebie Marketing (also known as the razor and blades business model)
a business model wherein one item is sold at a low price (or given away for free) in order to increase sales of a complementary good, such as supplies (inkjet printers and ink cartridges, "Swiffers" and cleaning fluid, mobile phones and service contracts) or game consoles (accessories and software). It is distinct from loss leader marketing and free sample marketing, which do not depend on complementarity of products or services. "Give 'em the razor; sell 'em the blades"
"There's no such thing as a free lunch"
a popular adage communicating the idea that it is impossible to get something for nothing.
On the east end of the campus is a new two-story edifice.
1. a building, especially one of large size or imposing appearance. 2. any large, complex system or organization.
(Classical Mythology) a son of Aeolus and ruler of Corinth, noted for his trickery: he was punished in Tartarus by being compelled to roll a stone to the top of a slope, the stone always escaping him near the top and rolling down again.
a condition in which an individual possesses a superior autobiographical memory, meaning he or she can recall the vast majority of personal experiences and events in his or her life. The term “hyperthymesia" is derived from the Greek words hyper meaning "excessive" and thymesis meaning "remembering".
He was sometimes wealthy, sometimes penniless, often in danger.
without any money whatsoever; totally impoverished; destitute.
The Palisades Water Index (ZWI)
a modified equal-dollar weighted stock market index. It is designed to track the performance of companies engaged in the global water industry such as pump and filter manufacturers, water utilities, and irrigation equipment manufacturers. The index was set at 1000 as of December 31, 2003.
a fictional character created by writer Robert Bloch as the main character in his novel Psycho, and portrayed by Anthony Perkins as the primary antagonist of the 1960 film of the same name directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Trained educators work with the marionette and address probing questions openly and with sensitivity.
a puppet manipulated from above by strings attached to its jointed limbs.
Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910)
better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called "the Great American Novel."
(Trademark) a brand of metal toy construction sets
The term derringer is a genericized misspelling of the last name of Henry Deringer, a famous 19th-century maker of small pocket pistols.
(American English), dicky seat, dickie seat or dickey seat (British English), also called mother-in-law seat, an upholstered exterior seat which hinges or otherwise opens out from the rear deck of a pre-World War II automobile, and seats one or more passengers.
Tinker Haven Hatfield, Jr.
(b. April 30, 1952, Hillsboro, Oregon), is the designer of many of Nike's most popular and innovative athletic shoe designs, including the Air Jordan III through Air Jordan XV, the twentieth anniversary Air Jordan XX, the final numbered Air Jordan, the XXIII, the 2010 (XXV) and other athletic sneakers including the world's first "cross training" shoes, the Nike Air Trainer. Hatfield oversees Nike's "Innovation Kitchen". He is Nike's Vice President for Design and Special Projects.
(July 22, 1893 - March 16, 1987) an American stage and silent film actress.
was an incident on 30 January 1972 in the Bogside area of Derry, Northern Ireland, in which 26 unarmed civil-rights protesters and bystanders were shot by soldiers of the British Army.
is usually used to refer to the lever-action rifles manufactured by the Winchester Repeating Arms Company, though the company has also manufactured many rifles of other action types. Winchester rifles were among the earliest repeating rifles; the Winchester repeater was incredibly popular and is colloquially known as "The Gun that Won the West" for its predominant role in the hands of Western settlers.
He tried the novitiate for a year, but was for intellectual pride.
Château [sha-toh; French shah-toh]
a castle or fortress
the trade name for a combined hormonal contraceptive vaginal ring manufactured by Merck (formerly Schering-Plough, formerly Organon) that is available by prescription.
a performance artistic poem that is word-basic. It often includes collaboration and experimentation with other art forms such as music, theater, and dance. However, spoken word usually tends to focus on the words themselves, the dynamics of tone, gestures, facial expressions, and not so much on the other art forms.
Vexation at missing the bus.
the state of being vexed; irritation; annoyance
"Speaks with a Forked Tongue"
means to deliberately say one thing and mean another or, to be hypocritical, or act in a duplicitous manner.
(Trademark) candy that can be ordered by wire for delivery with an accompanying message, as on the recipient's birthday or anniversary.
Pay It Forward
a term for describing the beneficiary of a good deed repaying it to others instead of to the original benefactor. The concept is old, but the phrase may have been coined by Lily Hardy Hammond in her 1916 book In the Garden of Delight.
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
is a parable told by Jesus and is mentioned in only one of the gospels of the New Testament. According to the Gospel of Luke (10:29–37) a traveller (who may or may not be Jewish) is beaten, robbed, and left half dead along the road. First a priest and then a Levite come by, but both avoid the man. Finally, a Samaritan comes by. Samaritans and Jews generally despised each other, but the Samaritan helps the injured man. Jesus is described as telling the parable in response to a question regarding the identity of the "neighbour", whom Leviticus 19:18 says should be loved.
a test intended to determine whether a candidate is qualified to practice law in a given jurisdiction
An advance health care directive (also known as living will, personal directive, advance directive, or advance decision)
a set of written instructions that a person gives that specify what actions should be taken for their health, if they are no longer able to make decisions due to illness or incapacity.
Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher (/ˈwɜrzəlbɑːkər/; born December 3, 1973), better known by the nickname "Joe the Plumber"
is an American conservative activist and commentator. He gained national attention during the 2008 U.S. presidential election when, during a videotaped campaign stop in Ohio by then Democratic nominee, Senator Barack Obama, Wurzelbacher asked Obama about his small business tax policy. Obama's response included the statement, "when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody."
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791), baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a prolific and influential composer of theClassical era.
(Physiology) a rumbling or gurgling sound caused by the movement of gas in the intestines.
a reversible fabric of linen, silk, cotton, or wool, woven with patterns
A Copernican revolution in modern art.
1. of or pertaining to Copernicus or his theories. 2. important and radically different; thoroughgoing
Vitamin B12, vitamin B12 or vitamin B-12, also called cobalamin
a water-soluble vitamin with a key role in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system, and for the formation of blood.
No one can get alongwith my ornery cousin.
(Dialect) ugly and unpleasant in disposition or temper
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the act or ceremony of crowning a king, queen, or other sovereign
Their faculty in their programs shirk the responsibility.
(used with object) to evade (work, duty, responsibility, etc.)
the Christmas season
a sea monster referenced in the Tanakh, or the Old Testament. The word has become synonymous with any large sea monster or creature.
to mix together; blend
The narrative is respectful and egalitarian, withthe clear intent of valuing...
asserting, resulting from, or characterized by belief in the equality of all people, especially in political, economic, or social life.
Esprit De Corps [e-spree duh kawr]
a sense of unity and of common interests and responsibilities, as developed among a group of persons closely associated in a task, cause, enterprise, etc.
(Archaic) toward what place; in what direction
Artists struggling to make ends meet toil for days for a pittance.
hard and continuous work; exhausting labor or effort
Penurious behavior isn't confined to hosts these days.
extremely stingy; parsimonious; miserly
Teachers tend to purvey what they themselves have learned.
(used with object) to provide, furnish, or supply (especially food or provisions) usually as a business or service
After seven months in prison, he was sentenced to two years exile in siberia.
any undesirable or isolated locale, job, etc., to which one is assigned as punishment, a mark of disfavor, or the like.
Coup de Grâce [coo de grahce]
The legislature's decision to cut funding has administered the coup de grâce to the governor's proposal.
an action or event that finally ends or destroys something that has been getting weaker or worse
Jason Peter Todd
a fictional character that appears in comic books published by DC Comics. Jason first appeared inBatman #357 (March 1983) and became the second Robin, sidekick to the superhero Batman, when the previous Robin (Dick Grayson) went on to star in The New Teen Titans, and later under the moniker of Nightwing.
the alias used by several fictional characters, usually antagonists for Batman in the DC Universe.
(or artificial pacemaker, so as not to be confused with the heart's natural pacemaker) a medical device that uses electrical impulses, delivered by electrodes contracting the heart muscles, to regulate the beating of the heart.
a clock device that uses an electronic transition frequency in the microwave, optical, or ultraviolet region of the electromagnetic spectrum of atoms as a frequency standard for its timekeeping element. Atomic clocks are the most accurate time and frequency standards known, and are used as primary standards for international time distribution services, to control the wave frequency of television broadcasts, and in global navigation satellite systems such as GPS.
The Doomsday Clock
a symbolic clock face, representing an ominous oscillating countdown, maintained since 1947 by the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists at the University of Chicago. The closer they set the Clock to midnight, the closer the Science and Security Board believes the world to be to global disaster. The most recent officially announced setting—five minutes to midnight (11:55pm)—was made on January 14, 2012
The Harm Principle
holds that the actions of individuals should only be limited to prevent harm to other individuals.
a loud electric horn, formerly used on automobiles, trucks, etc., and now often used as a warning signal.
Abject [ab-jekt, ab-jekt]
utterly hopeless, miserable, humiliating, or wretched
(also known as method of elenchus, elenctic method, or Socratic debate), named after the classical Greek philosopher Socrates, is a form of inquiry and discussion between individuals, based on asking and answering questions to stimulate critical thinking and to illuminate ideas.
The Wiccan Rede [wik-uhn reed]
a statement that provides the key moral system in the Neopagan religion of Wicca and certain other related Witchcraft-based faiths. A common form of the Rede is An it harm none, do what ye will.
Passé [pass ahy]
Miniskirts are passé—the best skirts are knee-length.
no longer fashionable; out of date
The Goths severed the aqueduct system in the early sixth century.
a bridgelike structure that carries a water conduit or canal across a valley or over a river.
the way of grabbing hold of an item between the opposed tactile pads of the tips of the fingers and the thumb.
the use of electrical energy as a medical treatment
Don't Fight the Tape
is a term used in finance. It means do not bet or trade against the trend in the financial markets, e.g. if the broad market is moving up, do not bet on a downward move. The term "tape" refers to the ticker tape used to transmit the price of stocks.
is a type of stock market strategy, where a trader (or group of traders) attempts to force down the price of a stock to cover a short position. A bear raid can be done by spreading negative rumors about the target firm, which puts downward pressure on the share price.
A former rule established by the SEC that requires that every short sale transaction be entered at a price that is higher than the price of the previous trade. This rule was introduced in the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as Rule 10a-1 and was implemented in 1938. The uptick rule prevents short sellers from adding to the downward momentum when the price of an asset is already experiencing sharp declines.
The Wall Street Crash of 1929, also known as Black Tuesday and the Stock Market Crash of 1929, began in late October 1929 and was the most devastating stock market crash in the history of the United States, when taking into consideration the full extent and duration of its fallout. The crash signaled the beginning of the 10-year Great Depression that affected all Western industrialized countries.
Buy Nothing Day (BND)
is an international day of protest against consumerism. In North America, Buy Nothing Day is held the Friday after U.S. Thanksgiving (November 23, 2012; November 29, 2013; November 28, 2014; November 27, 2015); elsewhere, it is held the following day, which is the last Saturday in November. Buy Nothing Day was founded in Vancouver by artist Ted Dave and subsequently promoted by Adbusters magazine, based in Canada.
were a "new breed" of young Western women in the 1920s who wore short skirts, bobbed their hair, listened to jazz, and flaunted their disdain for what was then considered acceptable behavior. Flappers were seen as brash for wearing excessive makeup, drinking, treating sex in a casual manner, smoking, driving automobiles, and otherwise flouting social and sexual norms.
The Hawksian Woman
is up-front in speaking her mind and keeping up with her male counterparts in witty banter as well as taking action to get what she wants personally as well as sexually. She can be seen as the fast-talking, frank, and can beat a man in verbal conflict. In film theory, a character archetype of the tough-talking woman, popularized in film by director Howard Hawks.
or wet dream is a type of spontaneous orgasm involving either ejaculation during sleep for a male or lubrication of the vagina for a female if she perceives that it resulted in an orgasm.
In finance, Black Monday refers to Monday, October 19, 1987, when stock markets around the world crashed, shedding a huge value in a very short time. The crash began in Hong Kong and spread west to Europe, hitting the United States after other markets had already declined by a significant margin. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) dropped by 508 points to 1738.74 (22.61%).
Felix the Cat
a funny animal cartoon character created in the silent film era. The anthropomorphic black cat with his black body, white eyes, and giant grin, coupled with the surrealism of the situations in which his cartoons place him, combine to make Felix one of the most recognized cartoon characters in film history. Felix was the first character from animation to attain a level of popularity sufficient to draw movie audiences.
Tonight's lunar eclipse coincides with the winter solstice.
the time in summer (June 21) or winter (Dec. 21) when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator.
The large glockenspiel in the lobby plays holiday carols.
a musical instrument composed of a set of graduated steel bars mounted in a frame and struck with hammers, used especially in bands.
The paramilitary gendarmerie and the police are less professional and less disciplined.
[French] gendarmes collectively; a body of gendarmes (a police officer in any of several European countries, especiallya French police officer).
Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower (October 14, 1890 – March 28, 1969)
was the 34th President of the United States from 1953 until 1961. He was a five-star general in the United States Army during World War II and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe; he had responsibility for planning and supervising the invasion of North Africa in Operation Torch in 1942–43 and the successful invasion of France and Germany in 1944–45 from the Western Front. In 1951, he became the first supreme commander of NATO.
abnormal or hallucinatory sense of taste
To hard-sell new car models to reluctant buyers.
method of advertising or selling that is direct, forceful, and insistent; high-pressure salesmanship.
An advertising campaign to soft-sell a new perfume.
to promote (a product, service, etc.) using indirect or gentle persuasion
The Scout Motto
is BE PREPARED which means you are always in a state of readiness in mind and body to do your DUTY.
The Ivor Novello Awards
named after the Cardiff-born entertainer Ivor Novello, are awards for songwriting and composing. They have been presented annually in London by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) since 1955, and over 1,000 statuettes have been awarded.
were the offspring of the "sons of God" and the "daughters of men" according to Genesis 6:4; and giants who inhabited Canaan according to Numbers 13:33. A similar biblical Hebrew word with different vowel-sounds is used in Ezekiel 32:27 to refer to dead Philistine warriors.
The war room of the candidate's campaign headquarters.
a room where people meet and exchange plans, ideas, information, etc., in an active way
is a phrase originally used in social planning to describe a problem that is difficult or impossible to solve because of incomplete, contradictory, and changing requirements that are often difficult to recognize. The term "wicked" is used to denote resistance to resolution, rather than evil. Moreover, because of complexinterdependencies, the effort to solve one aspect of a wicked problem may reveal or create other problems.
developed by Robert Dilts in 1994, is a complex creativity strategy in which a group uses four specific thinking styles in turn. It involves parallel thinking to analyse a problem, generate ideas, evaluate ideas, construct and critique a plan of action. The four thinking styles are - outsiders, dreamers, realisers and critics.
is solving problems through an indirect and creative approach, using reasoning that is not immediately obvious and involving ideas that may not be obtainable by using only traditional step-by-step logic. The term was coined in 1967 by Edward de Bono
is a term coined and implemented by Edward de Bono. Parallel thinking is described as a constructive alternative to "adversarial thinking", debate and in general the approach the GG3 (Greek gang of three) has been known to advocate. In general parallel thinking is a further development of the well known lateral thinking processes, focusing even more on explorations—looking for what can be rather than for what is.
Six Thinking Hats
is a book by Edward de Bono which describes a tool for group discussion and individual thinking involving six colored hats. "Six Thinking Hats" and the associated idea parallel thinking provide a means for groups to plan thinking processes in a detailed and cohesive way, and in doing so to think together more effectively.
A laborious undertaking.
requiring much work, exertion, or perseverance
Ideate (-ion) [ahy-dee-eyt]
to form an idea, thought, or image of
lustful or sensual
is one of the best known mythological creatures in Greek mythology. He is a winged divine stallion usually depicted as pure white in color. He was sired by Poseidon, in his role as horse-god, and foaled by the Gorgon Medusa. He was the brother of Chrysaor, born at a single birthing when his mother was decapitated by Perseus. Greco-Roman poets write about his ascent to heaven after his birth and his obeisance to Zeus, king of the gods, who instructed him to bring lightning and thunder from Olympus. Friend of the Muses, Pegasus is the creator of Hippocrene, the fountain on Mt. Helicon. He was captured by the Greek hero Bellerophon near the fountain Peirene with the help of Athena and Poseidon. Pegasus allows the hero to ride him to defeat a monster, the Chimera, before realizing many other exploits. His rider, however, falls off his back trying to reach Mount Olympus. Zeus transformed him into the constellation Pegasus and placed him up in the sky.
Parka (or anorak)
is a type of coat with a hood, often lined with fur or fake fur. The hood protects the face from freezing temperatures and wind.
Yarborough [yahr-bur-oh esp. British]
hand in which no card is higher than a nine
a potentially fatal whole-body inflammation (a systemic inflammatory response syndrome or SIRS) caused by severe infection. Sepsis can continue even after the infection that caused it is gone. Severe sepsis is sepsis complicated by organ dysfunction. Septic shock is sepsis complicated by a high lactate level or by shock that does not improve after fluid resuscitation.
is a triangular array of the binomial coefficients.
The Republican Party, also commonly called the GOP (for "Grand Old Party"), is one of the two major contemporarypolitical parties in the United States, the other being the Democratic Party.
barrel organ or similar musical instrument played by turning a crank
He had the credentials before he wrote his magnum opus.
the chief work of a great writer, musician, etc..
He comported himself with dignity.
to conduct (oneself); behave
Not a scintilla of remorse.
a minute particle; spark; trace
Bury the Lead
To begin a story with details of secondary importance to the reader while postponing more essential points or facts.
a fictional character created by David Michelinie and Todd McFarlane. Originally a comic booksupervillain, Brock's earliest appearance is a cameo in Web of Spider-Man #18 (September 1986) before making his first full appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #299 (April 1988) as Venom. The character has since appeared in many Marvel Comics publications including his own series Venom. Introduced as the first incarnation of the Spider-Manvillain Venom, the character becomes an anti-hero, working with and against superheroes.
(sometimes bola tie or shoestring necktie) a type of necktie consisting of a piece of cord or braided leather with decorative metal tips – aglets (aiguillettes) – secured with an ornamental clasp or slide.
Taxicabs are regulated throughout the United Kingdom, but the regulation of taxicabs in London is especially rigorous with regard to mechanical integrity and driver knowledge. An official report observed that: "Little however is known about the regulation by anyone outside the trade. The Public Carriage Office, which regulates and licenses taxis and private hire (commonly known as minicabs) was transferred from the Metropolitan Police to become part of Transport for London in 2000."
The car careened around the corner.
to lean or cause to lean to one side
The antebellum plantations of Georgia.
before or existing before a war, especially the American Civil War; prewar
The real treasure trove was to be found in the students' innovations.
a collection of objects.
The White House Easter Egg Roll
is an annual family event to hunt for and race Easter Eggs on the White House Lawn while enjoying storytelling and a visit with the Easter Bunny. The holiday tradition has a long history dating back to 1878 when President Rutherford B. Hayes officially opened the White House grounds to local children for egg rolling on Easter Monday. Successive Presidents have continued the tradition of inviting children to the White House Lawn for egg rolling and other activities and entertainment.
In the 1700s, the British parliament declared that men could annul their marriages
if they suspected a woman lured them into matrimony by wearing lipstick (and blush), as if makeup was a kind of witchcraft.
Marauding bands of outlaws.
engaged in raiding for plunder, esp. roaming about and ravaging an area
Expecto Patronum [eks-pek-toh pə-troh-nəm]
Description: Conjures an incarnation of the caster's innermost positive feelings, such as joy or hope, known as a Patronus. A Patronus is conjured as a protector, and is a weapon rather than a predator of souls: Patronuses shield their conjurors from Dementors or Lethifolds, and can even drive them away. They are also used amongst the Order of the Phoenix to send messages. According to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the Charm is the only known defensive spell against Lethifolds.
Hatred of reason, argument, or enlightenment
The summit of one's ambition.
the highest point or part, as of a hill, a line of travel, or anyobject; top; apex.
For most US laws, both the US Senate and the US House of Representatives must approve, by a majority, that law. After Congress approves the law, it is sent to the President for signature. Once he signs it, it becomes effective
They commiserated with him over the loss of his job.
to feel or express sorrow or sympathy for; empathize with; pity.
(Scot. and North England) horrid; loathsome
A reply is desirable but not obligatory.
required as a matter of obligation; mandatory
A clerical job.
of, pertaining to, appropriate for, or assigned to an office clerk or clerks
The bottoms of cirrostratus clouds are illuminated at sunset.
a cloud of a class characterized by a composition of ice crystals and often by the production of halo phenomena and appearing as a whitish and usually somewhat fibrous veil, often covering the whole sky and sometimes so thin as to be hardly discernible: of high altitude, about 20,000–40,000 feet (6000–12,000 meters).
A skier's paraphernalia.
equipment, apparatus, or furnishing used in or necessary for a particular activity
The white hope of the American theater.
a person who is expected to accomplish much in a given field
an American colloquial idiom, meaning humiliation by admitting wrongness or having been proved wrong after taking a strong position
Seven wonders of the world the seven most remarkable structures of ancient times
the Egyptian pyramids, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Colossus of Rhodes, the statue of Zeus by Phidias at Olympia, and the Pharos.
STEM fields or STEM education
is an acronym for the fields of study in the categories of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The term is typically used in addressing education policy and curriculum choices in schools from kindergarten through college to improve competitiveness in technology development. It has implications for workforce development, national security concerns and immigration policy
The complicated directions confounded him.
to perplex or amaze, especially by a sudden disturbance orsurprise; bewilder; confuse
I found her in the library, ensconced in an armchair.
(used with an object) to settle securely or snugly
Chatelaine [French shahtuh-len]
the mistress of a castle
Vertiginous currents of air.
whirling; spinning; rotary
The audience was shocked by his flippant remarks about patriotism.
frivolously disrespectful, shallow, or lacking in seriousness; characterized by levity
A city ordinance against excessive horn blowing.
an authoritative rule or law; a decree or command.
A banal and sophomoric treatment of courage on the frontier.
devoid of freshness or originality; hackneyed; trite
The Lecherous Millionaire
is a thought experiment devised by Joel Feinberg to illustrate questions concerning coercion. It presents a scenario in which a millionaire offers to pay for medical care for a woman's ill child on the condition that she has sexual relations with him. While the millionaire is making an offer, he nevertheless seems to be coercing the woman.
Kill this man and receive £100; fail to kill him and I'll kill you.
In political philosophy it is a proposal (also called an intervention) that mixes an offer with a threat which will be carried out if the offer is not accepted.
The heroine is a portmanteau figure of all the virtues.
1. (formerly) a large travelling case made of stiff leather, esp one hinged at the back so as to open out into two compartments 2. (modifier) embodying several uses or qualities
(Slang) a safecracker (a person who breaks open safes to rob them)
"Carrot and Stick Approach" (also "carrot or stick approach")
is an idiom that refers to a policy of offering a combination of rewards and punishment to induce behavior. It is named in reference to a cart driver dangling a carrot in front of a mule and holding a stick behind it. The mule would move towards the carrot because it wants the reward of food, while also moving away from the stick behind it, since it does not want the punishment of pain, thus drawing the cart.
and also known as sui juris marriage, informal marriage or marriage by habit and repute, is an irregular form ofmarriage that can be legally contracted in an extremely limited number of jurisdictions.
The only clear winners are the crony capitalists, the rent-seekers, who run...
a close friend or companion; chum
a sleeveless undergarment for women, normally extending to the waist. The camisole is usually made of satin, nylon, or cotton
refers to season of the Christian liturgical calendar, particularly the calendar of the ordinary form of the Roman rite of the Catholic Church, although some other churches in Western Christianity also use the term.
Dealing with these boats was a mere bagatelle for the world's oldest yacht.
a thing of little importance; a very easy task
is a type of institutional building designed by the English philosopher and social theorist Jeremy Bentham in the late 18th century. The concept of the design is to allow a single watchman to observe (-opticon) all (pan-) inmates of an institution without them being able to tell whether they are being watched or not. Although it is physically impossible for the single watchman to observe all cells at once, the fact that the inmates cannot know when they are being watched means that all inmates must act as though they are watched at all times, effectively controlling their own behavior constantly. The name is also a reference to Panoptes from Greek mythology; he was a giant with a hundred eyes and thus was known to be a very effective watchman.
A panoptic criticism of modern poetry.
considering all parts or elements; all inclusive
(c. 1994 – 6 June 2011) was a Merino wether (castrated male sheep) belonging to Bendigo Station, asheep station near Tarras, New Zealand, who gained international fame in 2004 after he avoided being caught and shorn for six years. Merinos are normally shorn annually, but Shrek apparently hid in caves, avoiding muster. He was named after the fictional character in books and films of the same name.
(Biology) the cell resulting from the union of an ovum and a spermatozoon
The problem for people who have conceived with donor gametes is that they know it's not true.
(Biology) a mature sexual reproductive cell, as a sperm or egg, that unites with another cell to form a new organism.
The Papanicolaou Test (abbreviated as Pap test, known earlier as Pap smear, cervical smear, or smear test)
is a method of cervical screening used to detect potentially pre-cancerous and cancerous processes in the endocervical canal (transformation zone) of the female reproductive system. Unusual findings are often followed up by more sensitive diagnostic procedures, and, if warranted, interventions that aim to prevent progression to cervical cancer. The test was invented by and named after the prominent Greek doctor Georgios Papanikolaou.
the DNA in Fairchild's skin and hair did not match her children's, the DNA from a cervical smear test did match. Fairchild was carrying two different sets of DNA, the defining characteristic of a chimera.
- 1. (Genetics) an organism composed of two or more genetically distinct tissues, as an organism that is partly male and partly female, or an artificially produced individual having tissues ofseveral species.
- 2. (often initial capital letter) a mythological, fire-breathing monster, commonly represented with a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail.
- 3. a horrible or unreal creature of the imagination; a vain or idle fancy
The first man. Son of Zeus by Niobe, some say. Husband of Cyllene. Father of Lycaon. He was said to have emerged from the soil and became the ancestor of the early Greek Pelasgi. In some accounts, an ancient princess, ancestress of numerous tribes.
is the name of the 100-eyed giant in Greek mythology.
In video games, artificial intelligence is used to simulate human-like intelligence, intelligent behaviors or subsets of intelligent behaviors primarily in non-player characters (NPCs). The techniques used typically draw upon existing methods from the field of artificial intelligence (AI). However, the term game AI is often used to refer to a broad set of algorithms that also include techniques from control theory, robotics, computer graphics and computer science in general.
Brain in a Vat
(Philosophy) is an element used in a variety of thought experiments intended to draw out certain features of our ideas of knowledge, reality, truth, mind, and meaning. It is based on an idea, common to many science fiction stories, that a mad scientist, machine, or other entity might remove a person's brain from the body, suspend it in a vat of life-sustaining liquid, and connect its neurons by wires to a supercomputer which would provide it with electrical impulses identical to those the brain normally receives. According to such stories, the computer would then be simulating reality (including appropriate responses to the brain's own output) and the person with the "disembodied" brain would continue to have perfectly normal conscious experiences without these being related to objects or events in the real world.
1. (Philosophy) the theory that only the self exists, or can beproved to exist. 2. extreme preoccupation with and indulgence of one's feelings, desires, etc.; egoistic self-absorption.
Pursuant to his studies he took a job in an office.
1. proceeding after; following (usually followed by to)
A synod of clerics and scholars threatened to excommunicate him for these deaths, but st.
- 1. an assembly of ecclesiastics or other church delegates, convoked pursuant to the law of the church, for the discussion and decision of ecclesiastical affairs; ecclesiastical council.
- 2. any council.
a form of physical punishment that involves the deliberate infliction of pain as retribution for an offence, or for the purpose of disciplining or reforming a wrongdoer, or to deter attitudes or behaviour deemed unacceptable. The term usually refers to methodically striking the offender with the open hand or with an implement, whether in judicial, domestic, or educational settings.
The Miliarium Aureum
was a monument, probably of gilded bronze, erected by the Emperor Caesar Augustus near the temple of Saturn in the central Forum of Ancient Rome. All roads were considered to begin from this monument and all distances in the Roman Empire were measured relative to that point. On it were perhaps listed all the major cities in the empire and distances to them. According to Schaaf, the phrase "all roads lead to Rome" is a reference to the Milliarium Aureum, as the specific point to which all roads were said to lead. Today, the base of the milestone might still exist in the Roman Forum.
Keeping those promises will soon start to bedevil the administration.
to torment or harass maliciously or diabolically, as with doubts, distractions, or worries.
If nothing else, it may mollify their concerns for awhile.
to soften in feeling or temper, as a person; pacify; appease.
to make more agreeable; mollify; appease.
A faction in favor of big business.
a group or clique within a larger group, party, government, organization, or the like
Mugwump thus became a term for a political turncoat.
a person who changes to the opposite party or faction, reverses principles, etc.; renegade.
Cock-and-Bull Story [kok-uhn-bool]
Don't ask him about his ancestry unless you want to hear a cock-and-bull story.
an absurd, improbable story presented as the truth
The word is a neologism combining the tank of tank top with the end of the word bikini.
is the name for a newly coined term, word, or phrase, that may be in the process of entering common use, but has not yet been accepted into mainstream language.
Green Card Marriage
a neologism that refers to the marriage of convenience between a legal resident of a country and a person who would be ineligible for residency but for being married to a resident.
The Thirty Years' War (1618–1648)
was a series of wars principally fought in Central Europe, involving most of the countries of Europe. It was one of the longest and most destructive conflicts in European history, and one of the longest continuous wars in modern history. Initially, religion was a motivation for war as Protestant and Catholic states battled it out even though they all were inside the Holy Roman Empire.
Faustian Bargain (or pact) [fou-stee-uhn]
Faust, in the legend, traded his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge. To “strike a Faustian bargain” is to be willing to sacrifice anything to satisfy a limitless desire for knowledge or power.
is an opening, either natural or surgically created, which connects a portion of the body cavity to the outside environment. Surgical procedures in which stomata are created are ended in the suffix -ostomy and begin with a prefix denoting the organ or area being operated on.
Juan Ponce de León [hwahn pons duh lee-uhn]
(1460--1521), Spanish explorer. He settled (1509) and governed (1510-12) Puerto Rico and discovered (1513) Florida
He projects both energetic conviction and calm equanimity.
mental or emotional stability or composure, especially under tensionor strain; calmness; equilibrium.
Sunni Islam [soon-ee]
is the largest branch of Islam; Sunni Islam is the world's largest religious body and largest religious denomination for any religion in the world. Sunni Islam is sometimes referred to as the orthodox version of the religion. The word "Sunni" is believed to come from the term Sunnah, which refers to the sayings and actions of the prophet Muhammad as recorded in hadiths.
the traditional portion of Muslim law, based on the words and acts of Muhammad, and preserved in the traditional literature.
The Hundred Years' War
was a series of conflicts waged from 1337 to 1453 between the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of France for control of the French throne.
I really resent it when our boss refers to us as his harem, though he's trying to be funny.
refers to the sphere of women in what is usually a polygynous household and their enclosed quarters which are forbidden to men. The term originated with the Near East. For the South Asian equivalent, see purdah and zenana.
Détente [dey-tahnt; French dey-tahnt]
Each time, there was an increased police presence and a flurry of arrests followed by a declared victory and then detente.
a relaxing of tension, especially between nations, as by negotiations or agreements.
The Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT)
were two rounds of bilateral talks and corresponding international treaties involving the United States and the Soviet Union—the Cold Warsuperpowers—on the issue of armament control. The two rounds of talks and agreements were SALT I and SALT II.
START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty)
was a bilateral treaty between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) on the Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms.
Nothing happened last time, but who's to say what homicidal theocrat might decide to take offense now.
person who rules, governs as a representative of God or a deity, or is a member of the ruling group in a theocracy, as a divine king or a high priest.
An august performance of a religious drama.
inspiring reverence or admiration; of supreme dignity or grandeur; majestic
Curry Favor (with somebody)
The candidate has promised lower taxes in an attempt to curry favor with the voters.
to try to make someone like you or support you by doing or saying things to please them
The active ingredient in peyote is the hallucinogen mescaline.
a drug that comes from a cactus and that makes people see things that are not real
a candy; sweetmeat
The name of the game is estimation and wishful thinking.
interpretation of facts, actions, words, etc., as one would like themto be rather than as they really are; imagining as actual what is not.
The two folk singers are in the same wheelhouse.
in the same wheelhouse, very similar and usually in the same category
is a military strategy in which a belligerent side attempts to win a war by wearing down its enemy to the point of collapse through continuous losses in personnel and materiel. The war will usually be won by the side with greater such resources. The word attrition comes from the Latin root atterere to rub against, similar to the "grinding down" of the opponent's forces in attrition warfare.
Hyperbolic Time Chamber
is a place located in Kami's Lookout. One year inside the chamber is the equivalent to one day on the outside. There is a higher gravity level than Earth's. A step over the threshold of the training area brings one immediately into ten times Earth's gravity (the same as that of Planet Vegeta, Planet Zoon, and King Kai's planet), the air gets denser, and the temperature fluctuates, the deeper one goes into the training area.
A belief that power begets power.
to cause; produce as an effect
an odd or remarkably unusual person, thing, or event.
The Fortress of Solitude
is the place of solace and occasional headquarters for Superman in DC Comics.
Ad Infinitum [ad in-fuh-nahy-tuhm]
to infinity; endlessly; without limit
So this blog could serve as such a central storehouse.
1. a building in which things are stored 2. any repository or source of abundant supplies, as of facts orknowledge.
A repository for discarded clothing.
a receptacle or place where things are deposited, stored, or offered for sale
is a word usually used facetiously as a placeholder name for any obscure or complicated object or mechanism, such as automobile parts, computer code and model railroad equipment.
A Rube Goldberg machine, contraption, invention, device, or apparatus
Is Rep. Bill Thomas the Rube Goldberg of Legislative Reform?
a deliberately over-engineered or overdone machine that performs a very simple task in a very complicated fashion, usually including a chain reaction. The expression is named after American cartoonist and inventor Rube Goldberg (1883–1970).
1. a half 2. an indefinite portion, part, or share
Her desk is always in apple-pie order.
excellent or perfect order
A spick-and-span kitchen.
spotlessly clean and neat
The schooners in particular looked trim and shipshape with their lower sails jib.
in good order; well-arranged; trim or tidy
It is one thing to say you feel chipper and self-confident.
marked by or being in sprightly good humor and health
weariness of body or mind from strain, oppressive climate,etc.; lack of energy; listlessness; languor.
A bush-league theatrical performance.
inferior or amateurish; mediocre
Social maladies; a malady of the spirit.
1. any disorder or disease of the body, especially one that ischronic or deep-seated. 2. any undesirable or disordered condition
When she cinches the double salchow, the crowd heers even louder than before.
jump in which the skater leaps from the back inside edge of one skate, making one full rotation of the body in the air, and lands on the back outside edge of the other skate.
Stop and Frisk
The situation in which a police officer who is suspicious of an individual detains the person and runs his hands lightly over the suspect's outer garments to determine if the person is carrying a concealed weapon.
The monarchy was the linchpin of the nation's traditions and society.
something that holds the various elements of a complicated structure together
peculiar to or characteristic of a particular language or dialect
L. Ron Hubbard (March 13, 1911 – January 24, 1986),
often referred to by his initials, LRH, was an American pulp fiction author and the founder of the Church of Scientology.
The Spanish Prisoner
a confidence trick originating in the late 16th century. In its original form, the confidence trickster tells his victim (the mark) that he is (or is in correspondence with) a wealthy person of high estate who has been imprisoned in Spain under a false identity.
are a type of fraud and one of the most common types of confidence trick. There are many variations on this type of scam, including advance-fee fraud, Fifo's Fraud, Spanish Prisoner Scam, the black money scam scam and the Detroit-Buffalo scam. The number "419" refers to the article of the Nigerian Criminal Code dealing with fraud. The scam has been used with fax and traditional mail, and is now used with the internet.
a brand of Italian wine imported and sold in a variety of flavors in the United States by Banfi Vintners of Old Brookville, New York, also known as VB Imports and Villa Banfi. The brand is known for advertisements of the 1970s and 80s depicting a broad array of social situations and using the tagline "Riunite on ice, that's nice."
Alaskans are certainly qualified to opine about narcissism.
to hold or express an opinion
Rorschach Test [rawr-shahk]
a test for revealing the underlying personality structure of an individual by the use of a standard series of 10 inkblot designs to which the subject responds by telling what image or emotion each design evokes.
either of two areas in the ocean between 40° and 50° N or S latitude, noted for high winds and rough seas.
Tunnel vision and navel-gazing are bad strategies, here or elsewhere.
(Slang) excessive absorption in self-analysis or focus on a single issue.
Rubato [roo-bah-toh; Italian roo-bah-taw]
(Music) having certain notes arbitrarily lengthened while others are correspondingly shortened, or vice versa.
He never studies but seems to learn by osmosis.
a subtle or gradual absorption or mingling
A Barbiturate-induced coma (or barb coma)
a temporary coma (a deep state of unconsciousness) brought on by a controlled dose of a barbiturate drug, usually pentobarbital orthiopental. Barbiturate comas are used to protect the brain during major neurosurgery, and as a last line of treatment in certain cases of status epilepticus that have not responded to other treatments.
All Quiet on the Western Front
is a novel by Erich Maria Remarque, a German veteran of World War I. The book describes the German soldiers' extreme physical and mental stress during the war, and the detachment from civilian life felt by many of these soldiers upon returning home from the front.
Throw caution to the wind(s)
You could always throw caution to the wind and have another glass of wine.
to take a risk
Be riding/on the crest of a wave
Mrs Singh is still riding the crest of a wave of popularity.
to be very successful for a limited period of time
Peter Pan Complex
avoids responsibilities, people tell them they are childish and need to grow up, would rather live in their head than the real world, wants success to just happen to them, focuses on fantasies more than reality, believes they deserve to have whatever they want, life lacks direction
(also known as the Snell–Descartes law and the law of refraction) is a formula used to describe the relationship between the angles of incidence and refraction, when referring to light or other waves passing through a boundary between two different isotropic media, such as water, glass and air.
A Cautionary Tale
is a tale told in folklore, to warn its hearer of a danger. There are three essential parts to a cautionary tale, though they can be introduced in a large variety of ways. First, a taboo or prohibition is stated: some act, location, or thing is said to be dangerous. Then, the narrative itself is told: someone disregarded the warning and performed the forbidden act. Finally, the violator comes to an unpleasant fate, which is frequently related in expansive and grisly detail.
an act or instance of fighting a shadow or an imaginary enemy
Premature Ventricular Contraction (PVC)
A PVC may be perceived as a "skipped beat" or felt as palpitations in the chest.
is the recurse to humor involving exaggerated physical activity which exceeds the boundaries of common sense.
To fortify oneself with a good breakfast.
to protect or strengthen against attack; surround or provide with defensive military works
The prattle of children.
to talk in a foolish or simple-minded way; chatter; babble
If you had enough teeth in your head and could hold a musket, you were fine.
a heavy, large-caliber smooth bore gun for infantry soldiers, introduced in the 16th century: the predecessor of the modern rifle.
Aubade [oh-bad, oh-bahd; French oh-bad]
(Music) a piece sung or played outdoors at dawn, usually as a compliment to someone
Lingua Franca [lingua frang-kuh]
It isn't music or movies or pizza that is the lingua franca of the globe.
any language that is widely used as a means of communication among speakers of other languages.
of many kinds; numerous and varied
(Classical Mythology) a son of Poseidon who, with his brother Dercynus, was killed by Hercules while attempting to steal the cattle that Hercules had taken from Geryon.
The Space Needle
is an observation tower in Seattle, Washington, a landmark of the Pacific Northwest, and a symbol of Seattle. Built in the Seattle Center for the 1962 World's Fair, which drew over 2.3 million visitors, nearly 20,000 people a day used its elevators.
Most modern kings and queens are figureheads.
a person who is head of a group, company, etc., in title but actually has no real authority or responsibility
His mission is to secure the secret recipe for a truth serum to use on enemy agents.
a drug, as the barbiturate thiopental, that induces in the subject adesire to talk or a state of heightened suggestibility, used inpsychotherapy and in interrogation to discover repressed or consciously withheld information.
What's all the commotion in the hallway?
violent or tumultuous motion; agitation; noisy disturbance
During their reprieve, they gave extraordinary proofs of charity and humility.
to delay the impending punishment or sentence of (acondemned person)
(Business) a takeover that is not approved by the management of the corporation being acquired or that is accomplished through the secret purchase of stock.
The Pareto Principle
(also known as the 80–20 rule, the law of the vital few, and the principle of factor sparsity) states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. It is a common rule of thumb in business; e.g., "80% of your sales come from 20% of your clients".
In philosophy, especially that of Aristotle, the golden mean is the desirable middle between two extremes, one of excess and the other of deficiency. For example, in the Aristotelian view, courage is a virtue, but if taken to excess would manifest as recklessness, and if deficient as cowardice.
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game is a book by Michael Lewis, published in 2003, about the Oakland Athletics baseball team and its general manager Billy Beane. Its focus is the team's analytical, evidence-based, sabermetric approach to assembling a competitive baseball team, despite Oakland's disadvantaged revenue situation
(Psychology) one whose personality type is intermediate between extrovert and introvert.
(Biochemistry) one of several steroid hormones produced by the adrenal cortex and resembling cortisone in its action.
The pariah of social networks lost nearly half of its unique visitors over the...
1. an outcast. 2. any person or animal that is generally despised or avoided.
His speeches seem erudite but analysis reveals them to be mere claptrap.
pretentious but insincere or empty language
Because the triumvirate of Virginians could not yet show their hand publicly, they had to depend to considerable degree on the denizens of the distasteful newsmongering world.
any group or set of three
one of the original or earliest known inhabitants of a country or region
touching; in contact
To change plans at the eleventh hour.
the last possible moment for doing something
Ne Plus Ultra [Nay Plus Ultra]
This new sports car is being billed as the ne plus ultra of automotive achievement
1. the highest point capable of being attained: acme 2. the most profound degree of a quality or state
Whisper Down the Lane
a game played around the world, in which one person whispers a message to another, which is passed through a line of people until the last player announces the message to the entire group
John Herbert Dillinger (June 22, 1903 – July 22, 1934)
was an American bank robber in the Depression-era United States. His gang robbed two dozen banks and four police stations. Dillinger escaped from jail twice; he was also charged with, but never convicted of, the murder of an East Chicago, Indiana police officer who shot Dillinger in his bullet-proof vest during a shootout, prompting him to return fire. It was Dillinger's only homicide charge.
Expertise has been running too high against the datum.
a single piece of information, as a fact, statistic, or code; an item of data
A Flight of Fancy
You were talking about cycling across the US, or was that just another flight of fancy?
an idea which shows a lot of imagination but which is not practical or useful in real situations
Steven Van Zandt (born November 22, 1950)
is an American musician, songwriter, arranger, record producer, actor, and radio disc jockey, who frequently goes by the stage names Little Steven or Miami Steve. He is a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, in which he plays guitar and mandolin, and has acted in television dramas The Sopranos (1999–2007), in which he played the character Silvio Dante, and Lilyhammer (2012–present), in which he plays the character Frank "The Fixer" Tagliano. Van Zandt also had his own solo band called "Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul" in the 1980s.
is a fitness company and exercise philosophy founded by Greg Glassman in 2000. CrossFit routines incorporate high-intensity interval training, olympic weightlifting, plyometrics, powerlifting, gymnastics,Girevoy sport, calisthenics, strongman exercises and other exercises. It is practised by members of more than 9,000 affiliated gyms, most of which are located in the United States, and by individuals who complete daily workouts posted on the company's (or an affiliated gym's) website.
Cream Rises to the Top
A good person or idea cannot go unnoticed for long, just as cream poured in coffee or tea eventually rises to the top.
The Hundredth Monkey Effect
is a studied phenomenon in which a new behavior or idea is claimed to spread rapidly by unexplained, even supernatural, means from one group to all related groups once a critical number of members of one group exhibit the new behavior or acknowledge the new idea. The theory behind this phenomenon originated with Lawrence Blair and Lyall Watson in the mid-to-late 1970s, who claimed that it was the observation of Japanese scientists. One of the primary factors in the promulgation of the story is that many authors quote secondary, tertiary or post-tertiary sources who have themselves misrepresented the original observations.
is a physiological reaction that occurs in response to a perceived harmful event, attack, or threat to survival.
used to describe a male personal assistant or servant, especially one who is particularly competent or loyal.
Infinite Monkey Theorem
states that a monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter keyboard for an infinite amount of time will almost surely type a given text, such as the complete works of William Shakespeare. In this context, "almost surely" is a mathematical term with a precise meaning, and the "monkey" is not an actual monkey, but a metaphor for an abstract device that produces an endless random sequence of letters and symbols.
Monday Morning Quarterback
(Informal) One who criticizes or passes judgment from a position of hindsight
He read the "Book of Job"
the central figure in an Old Testament parable of the righteous sufferer.
If someone were to tap him with the scepter he holds, he would surely shatter.
rod carried as an emblem of royal power
was an oil tanker that gained notoriety after running aground in Prince William Sound spilling hundreds of thousands of barrels of crude oil in Alaska. On March 24, 1989, while owned by the former Exxon Shipping Company, and captained by Joseph Hazelwood and first mate James Kunkel bound for Long Beach, California, the vessel ran aground on the Bligh Reef resulting in the second largest oil spill in United States history.
is an early device for displaying motion pictures.
Cloak and Dagger
is an English term sometimes used to refer to situations involving intrigue, secrecy, espionage, or mystery
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
is an American circus company billed as The Greatest Show on Earth.
The Forer Effect
(also called the Barnum effect after P. T. Barnum's observation that "we've got something for everyone") is the observation that individuals will give high accuracy ratings to descriptions of their personality that supposedly are tailored specifically for them, but are in fact vague and general enough to apply to a wide range of people. This effect can provide a partial explanation for the widespread acceptance of some beliefs and practices, such as astrology, fortune telling, graphology, and some types of personality test.
The flageolet was less common than among other plains tribes.
small end-blown flute with four finger holes in front and two in the rear.
the collecting of stamps and other postal matter as a hobby or an investment.
Help the patient to the toilet or provide a bedside commode instead of a bedpan.
chest of drawers
This trip was a fool's errand.
a task or activity that has no hope of success.
is a type of approach to problems that usually involves one being selective, analytical, and sequential. It could be said that it is the opposite of lateral thinking.
(November 25, 1835 – August 11, 1919) was a Scottish-American industrialistwho led the enormous expansion of the American steel industry in the late 19th century. He was also one of the highest profile philanthropists of his era; his 1889 article proclaiming "The Gospel of Wealth" called on the rich to use their wealth to improve society, and stimulated a wave of philanthropy.
Stir Up a Hornet's Nest
There is no need to stir up a hornet's nest.
to create a lot of trouble
The Challenger Deep
is the deepest known point in the Earth's seabed hydrosphere, with a depth of 10,898 to 10,916 m (35,755 to 35,814 ft) by direct measurement from submersibles, and slightly more by sonarbathymetry (see below). It is in the Pacific Ocean, at the southern end of the Mariana Trench near the Mariana Islands group.
My papa paused and exchanged pleasantries, still holding tightly onto my hand.
good-humored teasing; banter
Sometimes there's no harm in a little badinage among colleagues.
light, playful banter or raillery
Bon Mot [bon moh; French bawn moh]
His latest bon mot, however, could cost him his seat.
a witty remark or comment; clever saying; witticism
"Texas has a lot of electrical votes," rather than "electoral votes".
is the use of an incorrect word in place of a word with a similar sound, resulting in a nonsensical, often humorous utterance.
is a form of speech in which inappropriate, invented or nonsense words are used to give the appearance of knowledge and so confuse or amuse the audience.
Passe-Partout [pas-pahr-too; French pahs-par-too]
something that passes everywhere or provides a universal means of passage
The Last of the Mohicans
The phrase, "the last of the Mohicans," has come to represent the sole survivor of a noble race or type
Omega-3 Fatty Acid
Omega-3 fatty acids are important for normal metabolism, but the health benefits of supplementation appear to be few if any. Omega-3s are considered essential fatty acids, meaning that they cannot be synthesized by the human body
(Classical Mythology) seven daughters of Atlas and half sisters of the Hyades, placed among the stars to save them from the pursuit of Orion. One of them (the Lost Pleiad) hides, either from grief or shame.
Star of Bethlehem
In Christian tradition, the Star of Bethlehem, also called the Christmas Star, revealed the birth of Jesus to the Biblical Magi, and later led them to Bethlehem.
He contacted the central bureau of astronomical telegrams via telegram.
a message or communication sent by telegraph; a telegraphic dispatch.
Twist (slowly) in the Wind
I'll see you twist in the wind for trying to frustrate this investigation.
to suffer the agony of some humiliation or punishment. (Alludes to an execution by hanging.)
Dada [dah-dah] or (Dadaism)
the style and techniques of a group of artists, writers, etc., of the early 20th century who exploitedaccidental and incongruous effects in their work and who programmatically challenged established canonsof art, thought, morality, etc.
(Fine Arts) a style of painting and sculpture developed in the early 20th century, characterized chiefly by an emphasis on formal structure, the reduction of natural forms to their geometrical equivalents, and the organization of the planes of a represented object independently of representational requirements.
Julius Robert Oppenheimer
(April 22, 1904 – February 18, 1967) was an American theoretical physicist and professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is among the persons who are often called the "father of the atomic bomb" for their role in the Manhattan Project, the World War II project that developed the first nuclear weapons. The first atomic bomb was detonated on July 16, 1945, in the Trinity test in New Mexico; Oppenheimer remarked later that it brought to mind words from the Bhagavad Gita: "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds."
Diabolus in Musica
"The Devil in Music". The Augmented 4th, or Tritonus, which spans three whole steps in the scale, is one of the most dissonant musical intervals around. It was considered unpleasant and ugly.
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale (1851)
is the sixth book by American writer Herman Melville. The work is an epic sea story of Captain Ahab's voyage in pursuit of a certain sperm whale that he calls Moby Dick (with no hyphen; but some editions of the book change either the title or the whale's name to make them consistent). A contemporary commercial failure and out of print at the time of the author's death in 1891, its reputation rose during the twentieth century. D.H. Lawrence called it "the greatest book of the sea ever written." Jorge Luis Borges praised the style: "Unforgettable phrases abound." Today it is considered one of the Great American Novels and a leading work of American Romanticism.
The Hawthorne Effect (also referred to as the observer effect)
refers to a phenomenon whereby workers improve or modify an aspect of their behavior in response to the fact of change in their environment, rather than in response to the nature of the change itself. The "Hawthorne effect" study suggested that the novelty of having research conducted and the increased attention from such could lead to temporary increases in productivity.
He says that ideology and bureaucracy are to blame.
a system of administration based upon organization into bureaus, division of labour, a hierarchy of authority, etc: designed to dispose of a large body of work in a routine manner
With local tags, you'll avoid a lot of red tape, and you'll stand a better...
excessive formality and routine required before official action can be taken. Red tape generally includes filling out paperwork, obtaining licenses, having multiple people or committees approve a decision and various low-level rules that make conducting one's affairs slower, more difficult, or both.
Cutting Off the Nose to Spite the Face
is an expression used to describe a needlessly self-destructive over-reaction to a problem: "Don't cut off your nose to spite your face" is a warning against acting out of pique, or against pursuing revenge in a way that would damage oneself more than the object of one's anger.
They are ever on guard against the mutiny of too much emotion.
revolt or rebellion against constituted authority, especially by sailors against their officers.
In mathematics, the Fibonacci numbers or Fibonacci sequence are the numbers in the following integer sequence: 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21…
A Group of Lions
is known as a pride. The size of these prides vary from pride to pride and can consist of a number as small as 2 or 3 members to more than 25 members.
Brian Douglas Wilson
(born June 20, 1942) is an American musician best known as the chief songwriter of the Beach Boys. Besides acting as their co-lead vocalist, he also functioned as the band's main producer and arranger. After signing with Capitol Records in mid-1962, Wilson wrote or co-wrote more than two dozen Top 40 hits for the Beach Boys.
Wall Drug Store, often called simply "Wall Drug," is a tourist attraction located in the city of Wall, South Dakota. It is a shopping mall consisting of a drug store, gift shop, restaurants and various other stores. Unlike a traditional shopping mall, all the stores at Wall Drug operate under a single entity instead of being individually run stores. The New York Times has described Wall Drug as "a sprawling tourist attraction of international renown [that] takes in more than $10 million a year and draws some two million annual visitors to a remote town."
South of the Border
is a rest stop and roadside attraction on Interstate 95 and US Highway 301/501 between Dillon, South Carolina and Rowland, North Carolina. It is so named because it is just south of the border between the U.S. states of North Carolina and South Carolina. The rest area features not only restaurants, gas stations and a motel, but also a small amusement park, shopping (including, formerly, adult entertainment at the "Dirty Old Man Shop"), and, famously, fireworks. Its mascot is Pedro, a Mexican bandido.
In telephony, the demarcation point is the point at which the public switched telephone network ends and connects with the customer's on-premises wiring. It is the dividing line which determines who is responsible for installation and maintenance of wiring and equipment -- customer/subscriber, ortelephone company/provider. The demarcation point varies between countries and has changed over time.
(1899 – 4 March 1950) is the only person in recorded history to have been both a dwarf and a giant.
Robert Pershing Wadlow
(February 22, 1918 – July 15, 1940), also known as the Alton Giant and the Giant of Illinois, is the tallest person in history for whom there is irrefutable evidence.
is a three-movement composition by American experimental composer John Cage (1912–1992). It was composed in 1952, for any instrument or combination of instruments, and the score instructs the performer(s) not to play their instrument(s) during the entire duration of the piece throughout the three movements. The piece purports to consist of the sounds of the environment that the listeners hear while it is performed, although it is commonly perceived as "four minutes thirty-three seconds of silence". The title of the piece refers to the total length in minutes and seconds of a given performance, 4′33″ being the total length of the first public performance.
John Milton Cage Jr.
(September 5, 1912 – August 12, 1992) was an American composer, music theorist, writer, and artist. A pioneer of indeterminacy in music, electroacoustic music, and non-standard use of musical instruments, Cage was one of the leading figures of the post-war avant-garde. Critics have lauded him as one of the most influential American composers of the 20th century. He was also instrumental in the development of modern dance, mostly through his association with choreographer Merce Cunningham, who was also Cage's romantic partner for most of their lives.
is a turntable (rotating tray) placed on a table or countertop to aid in moving food.
The Rough Riders
is the name bestowed on the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry, one of three such regiments raised in 1898 for the Spanish-American War and the only one of the three to see action. The United States Army was weakened and left with little manpower after the American Civil War roughly thirty years prior. As a result, President William McKinley called upon 1,250 volunteers to assist in the war efforts. It was also called "Wood's Weary Walkers" after its first commander, Colonel Leonard Wood, as an acknowledgment of the fact that despite being a cavalry unit they ended up fighting on foot as infantry. Wood's second in command was former assistant secretary of the United States Navy, Theodore Roosevelt, a man who had pushed for American involvement in Cuban independence. When Colonel Wood became commander of the 2nd Cavalry Brigade, the Rough Riders then became "Roosevelt's Rough Riders." That term was familiar in 1898, from Buffalo Bill who called his famous western show "Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World." The Rough Riders were mostly made of college athletes, cowboys, and ranchers.
is a phenomenon where the performance or capacity of an entire system is limited by a single or limited number of components or resources. The term bottleneck is taken from the 'assets are water' metaphor. As water is poured out of a bottle, the rate of outflow is limited by the width of the conduit of exit—that is, bottleneck. By increasing the width of the bottleneck one can increase the rate at which the water flows out of the neck at different frequencies. Such limiting components of a system are sometimes referred to as bottleneck points.
Jules Rimet Trophy
a gold trophy that is awarded to the winners of the FIFA World Cup association football tournament. Since the advent of the World Cup in 1930, two trophies have represented victory: the Jules Rimet Trophy from 1930 to 1970, and the FIFA World Cup Trophy from 1974 to the present day.
of, pertaining to, or designating a family unit or structure headed by the mother and lacking a father permanently or for extended periods
also known as a dunking booth or dunking machine, is an attraction mainly used in funfairs, fundraisers, and personal parties. A dunk tank consists of a large tank of water, over which a seat is suspended. By striking a target, the seat will tip or fall into the tank of water, thus "dunking" whoever is sitting on the seat.
was a series of fourteen nuclear test explosions conducted at the Nevada Test Site in the first half of 1955. It was preceded by Operation Castle, and followed by Operation Wigwam. Wigwam was, administratively, a part of Teapot, but it is usually treated as a class of its own. The aims of the operation were to establish military tactics for ground forces on a nuclear battlefield and to improve the nuclear weapons used for strategic delivery.
Mare Tranquillitatis (Latin for Sea of Tranquility)
a lunar mare that sits within the Tranquillitatis basin on the Moon.
The original kitchen was a cramped, haphazard jumble.
characterized by lack of order or planning, by irregularity, or by randomness; determined by or dependent on chance; aimless.
(also descriptive knowledge or propositional knowledge) is the type of knowledge that is, by its very nature, expressed in declarative sentences or indicative propositions. This distinguishes descriptive knowledge from what is commonly known as "know-how", or procedural knowledge (the knowledge of how, and especially how best, to perform some task), and "knowing of", or knowledge by acquaintance (the knowledge of something's existence).
a person who gets sexual pleasure from secretly watching other people have sex
is one of the first distinctly recognized breeds of Oriental cat. TICA describes the breed as social, intelligent, and playful into adulthood, often enjoying a game of fetch. Siamese prefer to live in pairs or groups and also seek human interaction. Their Meezer nickname refers to their vocal nature.
— sometimes referred to as the CIA's mind control program — is the code name of a U.S. government human research operation experimenting in the behavioral engineering of humans. MKUltra used numerous methodologies to manipulate people's mental states and alter brain functions, including the surreptitious administration of drugs (especially LSD) and other chemicals, hypnosis, sensory deprivation, isolation, verbal and sexual abuse, as well as various forms of torture.
A photo hobbyist
someone who pursues an activity in their spare time for pleasure or relaxation
(or all-play-all tournament) is a competition "in which each contestant meets all other contestants in turn"
The Tribunal of the Holy Office of the Inquisition
was established in 1478 by Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile. It was intended to maintain Catholic orthodoxy in their kingdoms and to replace the Medieval Inquisition, which was under Papal control. It became the most substantive of the three different manifestations of the wider Christian Inquisition along with the Roman Inquisition and Portuguese Inquisition.
Her friends are also overly obsessed with a debutante pageant.
a young woman making a debut into society
An apoplectic rage
intense enough to threaten or cause apoplexy
(French) a love letter
is a brilliant red or scarlet pigment originally made from the powdered mineral cinnabar, and is also the name of the resulting color
an unexpected amount of money that you get as a gift, prize, etc.
the side or direction that the wind is blowing from
pertaining to, situated in, or moving toward the quarter toward which the wind blows.
Throw Dust in Eyes
She threw dust in the eyes of the jeweler by pretending to be a well-to-do lady, and then stole the jewellery.
to confuse or mislead somebody to deceive
Throw a (monkey) Wrench in the Works
to do something that prevents a plan or activity from succeeding
drug that relieves pain
is a trademarked graphic image, created by the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, and widely employed in the United States in labeling of substances that are poisonous if ingested.
That's why they call me the Ice Queen
A sweet and beautiful girl, who is rumored to be cold blooded and heartless
Throw out the Baby with the Bath Water
is an idiomatic expression and a concept used to suggest an avoidable error in which something good is eliminated when trying to get rid of something bad, or in other words, rejecting the essential along with the inessential
An Open Door Policy (as related to the business and corporate world)
is a communication policy in which a manager, CEO, president or supervisor leaves their office door "open" in order to encourage openness and transparency with the employees of that company
An insubordinate soldier.
not submitting to authority; disobedient
are people who go around looking at cars for sale when they have no intent or ability to buy one.
An omnibus bill submitted to a legislature
pertaining to, including, or dealing with numerous objects or items at once
He paid only lip service to the dictator.
insincere expression of friendship, admiration, support, etc.; service by words only
He at tributes the story to a well executed ambuscade.
a fissure, or deep cleft, in glacial ice, the earth's surface, etc.
To assail one's opponent with slander.
to attack vigorously or violently; assault
verb (used with object) to manage or treat in a rigid, uniform manner; subject to strict discipline.
food for horses or cattle; fodder; provender
a woman who cohabits with a man to whom she is not legally married, especially one regarded associally or sexually subservient; mistress.
My eyes fastened themselves upon the old scarlet letter, and would not be turned aside.
a scarlet letter “A,” formerly worn by one convicted of adultery
something that very quickly and easily solves a serious problem
Perfect is the Enemy of Good
Achieving absolute perfection may be impossible and so, as increasing effort results indiminishing returns, further activity becomes increasingly inefficient.
Build a Better Mousetrap
Harry thought he could build a better mousetrap, but everything he "invented" had already been thought of
to develop or invent something superior to a device that is widely used. (From the old saying, "If you build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your door.")
Cloud of dharma the emphasized virtue is the practice of primordial wisdom.
(Hinduism) essential quality or character, as of the cosmos or one's own nature.
The SunBox Company
is the pioneer of the light box and light therapy industry. SunBox, SunRay, and SunSquare are used for bright light therapy at the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH). Bright light therapy—a.k.a. SAD therapy or seasonal affective disorder therapy—uplifts people’s spirits and makes them feel happier.
Trent, who had seen men before in dire straits, fed him from a spoon and forced brandy between his lips.
a state of extreme distress
The Wilhelm Scream
is a film and television stock sound effect that has been used in more than 200 movies, beginning in 1951 for the film Distant Drums. The scream is often used when someone is shot, falls from a great height, or is thrown from an explosion.
a limitation, imperfection, problem, phobia, or deficiency present in a character who may be otherwise very functional.
mind not yet affected by experiences, impressions, etc..
A schema provides the basis by which someone relates to the events he or she experiences.
an underlying organizational pattern or structure; conceptual framework
a score of zero
The Lamaze Technique
is a prepared childbirth technique developed in the 1940s byFrench obstetrician Dr. Fernand Lamaze as an alternative to the use of medical intervention during childbirth.
membership in a royal or socially important family
San Diego Thank You
Kissing someone while they're taking a shit.
is the idea that one item of bad news is an indication that there is more bad news to come: in the same way that seeing one cockroach is an indication that there are more lurking out of site.
Improvement begins With "I"
take responsibility and that allows improvement. both 'I' myself 'I'mprovement start with the same letter. we say measurement improves performance.
Neck of the Woods
(Informal) A region; a neighborhood.
Nature vs Nurture
Scholarly and popular discussion about nature and nurture relates to the relative importance of an individual's innate qualities ("nature" in the sense of nativism or innatism) as compared to an individual's personal experiences ("nurture" in the sense of empiricism or behaviorism) in causing individual differences in physical and behavioral traits.
The Broken Windows Theory
is a criminological theory of the norm-setting and signalling effect of urban disorder and vandalism on additional crime and anti-social behavior.
The term "smoking gun" was originally, and is still primarily, a reference to an object or fact that serves as conclusiveevidence of a crime or similar act.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (often referred to as The Guggenheim)
is a well-known art museum located at 1071 Fifth Avenue on the corner of East 89th Street in the Upper East Sideneighborhood of Manhattan, New York City.
is a thin, transparent sheet made of regenerated cellulose. Its low permeability to air, oils, greases, bacteria and water makes it useful for food packaging.
an optical illusion wherein the upper of two parallel horizontal lines of equal length looks like it is longer than the bottom of the two lines whenever oblique lines are placed perpendicular to the two other lines on each of their ends which are closer together at the top than at the bottom
Just a plain, run-of-the-mill house; a run-of-the-mill performance.
merely average; commonplace; mediocre
The Chernobyl Disaster
was a catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred on 26 April 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine (then officially the Ukrainian SSR), which was under the direct jurisdiction of the central authorities of the Soviet Union. An explosion and fire released large quantities of radioactive particles into the atmosphere, which spread over much of the western USSR and Europe.
A distinguishing characteristic or behavior.
(Spanish) see you later; so long
Athletes want to know this before they matriculate.
to enroll in a college or university as a candidate for a degree
Negative Equity (Underwater Mortgage)
occurs when the value of an asset used to secure a loan is less than the outstanding balance on the loan. In the United States, assets (particularly real estate, whose loans are mortgages) with negative equity are often referred to as being "underwater", and loans and borrowers with negative equity are said to be "upside down".
The demon Naberius was first mentioned by Johann Wier in 1583. He is supposedly the most valiant Marquis of Hell, and has nineteen legions of demons under his command. He makes men cunning in all arts (and sciences, according to most authors), but especially in rhetoric, speaking with a hoarse voice. He also restores lost dignities and honors, although to Johann Weyer he procures the loss of them.
Fracas [frey-kuhs; British frak-ah]
The fracas is occurring amid the release of the first comprehensive...
a noisy, disorderly disturbance or fight; riotous brawl; uproar
a product of one's creative work or thought
The arm's length principle (ALP)
is the condition or the fact that the parties to a transaction are independent and on an equal footing. Such a transaction is known as an "arm's-length transaction". It is used specifically in contract law to arrange an equitable agreement that will stand up to legal scrutiny, even though the parties may have shared interests (e.g., employer-employee) or are too closely related to be seen as completely independent (e.g., the parties have familial ties).
The Separation of Church and State
is a metaphorical description for the distance in the relationship between organized religion and the nation state.
They really seem to show a readiness to stand on punctilio and ceremony.
a fine point, particular, or detail, as of conduct, ceremony, or procedure.
Niceties of protocol.
a delicate or fine point; punctilio
The war that divided a nation remains divisive today.
forming or expressing division or distribution.
He quickly morphed from wide-eyed acolyte into colleague and drinking buddy.
one who attends or assists: follower
is one which is punishable by death. Death for a capital offense is called capital punishment. Crimes punishable by death vary from state to state and country to country. Bail is usually denied in capital offense cases.
Green-Light (or green lit)
The renovation project was green-lighted by the board of directors.
to give permission to proceed; authorize
Wunderkind [voon-der-kind, wuhn-; German voon-duhr-kint]
Yet with a few exceptions, this expensive, glitzy wunderkind is indeed worth...
a wonder child or child prodigy
[verb (used without object)] to work at an additional job after one's regular, full-time employment, as at night.
A gentlemen's agreement (or gentleman's agreement)
is an informal and legally non-binding agreement between two or more parties. It is typically oral, though it may be written, or simply understood as part of an unspoken agreement by convention or through mutually beneficial etiquette. The essence of a gentlemen's agreement is that it relies upon the honor of the parties for its fulfillment, rather than being in any way enforceable. It is, therefore, distinct from a legal agreement or contract, which can be enforced if necessary.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU)
describes a bilateral or multilateral agreement between two or more parties. It expresses a convergence of will between the parties, indicating an intended common line of action. It is often used in cases where parties either do not imply a legal commitment or in situations where the parties cannot create a legally enforceable agreement. It is a more formal alternative to a gentlemen's agreement.
A nebulous recollection of the meeting
hazy, vague, indistinct, or confused
Our plan has the company president's imprimatur.
sanction or approval; support
State of the Art
There are concourse-level luxury boxes, wide concourses, state-of-the-art...
the latest and most sophisticated or advanced stage of a technology, art, or science.
The mayor was given a modest honorarium for delivering a speech to our club.
a payment in recognition of acts or professional services for which custom or propriety forbids a price to be set
There is no way to get an unbiased response to this query.
a question; an inquiry
Monitors expenses with an eagle eye.
The ability or tendency to observe closely or pay attention to detail
The opprobrium heaped on ratings firms is only partly deserved.
disgrace and reproach
Took a job at ... [a] pronouncedly white-shoe investment-banking firm
Of or being a long-established business known for reputable service and a wealthy clientele
Revolving Door Syndrome
is a term used in criminology to refer to recidivism; however, in the ad, the implication is that prison sentences were of an inconsequential length.
Revolving Door (advertisement)
"Revolving Door" is a famous negative television commercial made for the 1988 United States Presidential Campaign. Along with the Willie Horton "Weekend Passes" advertisement, it is considered to be a prime factor in George H.W. Bush's defeat of Michael Dukakis.
Habitué [huh-bich-oo-ey French]
A habitué of art galleries.
a frequent or habitual visitor to a place
The denizens of a local bar.
an inhabitant; resident
Bon Vivant (bän-vē-ˈvänt)
A bon vivant who loves to hold dinner parties and serve exquisite, elaborate meals
a person who likes going to parties and other social occasions and who enjoys good food, wine, etc
That subject is anathema to him.
a person or thing detested or loathed
On Pins and Needles
The father-to-be was on pins and needles.
in a state of nervous anticipation
The treaty to ban war in space may prove to be one of history's great watersheds.
an important point of division or transition between two phases, conditions, etc.
work that is menial and tedious and therefore distasteful; drudgery
The grant for building the opera house gave impetus to the city's cultural
a moving force; impulse; stimulus
Beyond the Pale
Your behavior is simply beyond the pale.
Bridge and tunnel (often abbreviated B&T or BNT)
is a pejorative term for people who commute to New York City from surrounding communities outside the area served by the city's Metropolitan Transportation Authority, a trip that, due to New York's geography, requires passing over a bridge and/or through a tunnel in a car. It is especially used in reference more for those who travel into the city from New Jersey and Long island.
is a party's contribution to a project in the form of effort, as opposed to financial equity, which is a contribution in the form of capital.
A groundswell of political support for the governor.
any surge of support, approval, or enthusiasm, especially among the general public
The Malay Archipelago
a large group or chain of islands
The frogs are dull skinned then, but soon become corpulent and bright.
large or bulky of body; portly; stout; fat
a person who is uninterested, uninvolved, or uneducated in intellectual activities or pursuits
But this same small locale is also deeply interesting in highbrow ways.
a person of superior intellectual interests and tastes
An airtight contract.
having no weak points or openings of which an opponent may take advantage
They took a crash course on French before the trip.
a brief, intensive course of instruction, as to prepare one quickly for a test.
Have a Bee in your Bonnet
She's got a real bee in her bonnet about people keeping their dogs under control.
to keep talking about something again and again because you think it is important, especially something that other people do not think is important
After so many suicide bombings the Israelis have to resist developing a bunker mentality
An attitude of extreme defensiveness and self-justification based on an often exaggerated sense of being under persistent attack from others.
Took a rose-colored view of the situation.
Cheerful or optimistic, especially to an excessive degree
What we're seeing is the confluence of two challenges that are both economic...
a coming together of people or things; concourse.
A corrigible criminal.
capable of being corrected or reformed
Byzantine insurance regulations
(of a system or situation) excessively complicated, typically involving a great deal of administrative detail.
is any text that is or can be reused in new contexts or applications without being greatly changed from the original.
(Informal) a fit of hysterical excitement or anger.
A Lazy Susan
is a turntable (rotating tray) placed on a table or countertop to aid in movingfood.
The emergency room is in the annex of the main building.
to attach, append, or add, especially to something larger or more important
They browbeat him into agreeing.
to intimidate by overbearing looks or words; bully
To go through the rigmarole of a formal dinner.
an elaborate or complicated procedure
During his sojourn in Paris...
a temporary stay
(Astronomy) the polestar or North Star, a star of the second magnitude situated close to the northpole of the heavens, in the constellation Ursa Minor: the outermost star in the handle of the Little Dipper
But under salvo or cloudy conditions, you've got problems.
a simultaneous or successive discharge of artillery, bombs, etc.
A mercurial nature.
changeable; volatile; fickle; flighty; erratic
The company has won a beachhead in the personal computer market.
a secure initial position that has been gained and can be used for further advancement; foothold
Cachet [ka-shey, French ka-she]
Courtesy is the cachet of good breeding.
a distinguishing mark or feature; stamp
is the observation that, over the history of computing hardware, the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years.
Oedipus, the classic tragic hero.
a great or virtuous character in a dramatic tragedy who is destined for downfall, suffering, or defeat
The Prisoner's Dilemma
is a canonical example of a game analyzed in game theory that shows why two purely "rational" individuals might not cooperate, even if it appears that it is in their best interests to do so.
a villain, as in a cowboy movie; bad guy
(Informal) a virtuous hero, especially in a cowboy movie; good guy.
She was sent as a charity case to a Catholic boarding school
a person or group regarded as needing help or financial support
Ball and Chain
The steady accumulation of small debts was a ball and chain to his progress.
a burdensome restraint
(Clothing & Fashion) the clothing business, esp the aspects concerned with the manufacture and sale of dresses
is a natural number greater than 1 that has no positive divisors other than 1 and itself. A natural number greater than 1 that is not a prime number is called a composite number. For example, 5 is prime because 1 and 5 are its only positive integer factors, whereas 6 is composite because it has the divisors 2 and 3 in addition to 1 and 6.
The Hippocratic Oath (horkos)
is an oath historically taken by physicians and other healthcare professionals. It is one of the most widely known of Greek medical texts. It requires a new physician to swear, upon a number of healing gods, to uphold specific ethical standards.
a bowl like a small toilet with faucets that is used for washing your bottom
A school of thought (or intellectual tradition)
is a collection or group of people who share common characteristics ofopinion or outlook of a philosophy, discipline, belief, social movement, economics, cultural movement, or art movement.
If/when Push Comes to Shove
Look, if push comes to shove we'll just have to sell the car.
if you say that something can be done if push comes to shove, you mean that it can be done if the situation becomes so bad that you have to do it
a person who sings ballads
is a legendary island featured in the Arthurian legend
is a legal instrument (more particularly, a financial instrument), in which one party (the maker or issuer) promises in writing to pay a determinate sum of money to the other (the payee), either at a fixed or determinable future time or on demand of the payee, under specific terms. If the promissory note is unconditional and readily salable, it is called a negotiable instrument.
These countries are beacons of democracy.
a strong light that can be seen from far away and that is used to help guide ships, airplanes, etc.
of a shabby, run-down appearance; seedy.
careless, untidy, or slovenly
a group of experts from various fields who serve as unofficial consultants on matters of policy and strategy.
1. a profuse discharge of blood, as from a ruptured blood vessel;bleeding. 2. the loss of assets, especially in large amounts.
A spick-and-span kitchen
spotlessly clean and neat
Senators and other political bigwigs
an important person, especially an official
Abbott and Costello
William "Bud" Abbott and Lou Costello were an American comedy duo whose work in vaudeville and on stage, radio, film and television made them the most popular comedy team during the 1940s and early 1950s. Their patter routine "Who's on First?" is considered one of the greatest comedy routines of all time and set the framework for many of their best-known comedy bits.
A legal document that sets out the medical care an individual, or the principal, wants or does not want in the event that he or she becomes incapable of communicating his or her wishes.
A political horse trade
negotiation accompanied by shrewd bargaining and reciprocal concessions
was the personification of the primordial darkness in Greek mythology.
adjective (informal, derogatory) 1. blandly conformist and submissive a Stepford employeenoun 2. Stepford wife, a married woman who submits to her husband's will and is preoccupied by domestic concerns and her own personal appearance
a person who spies on a country while pretending to spy for it
(or obstetrics and gynecology) is the medical speciality dealing with fields of obstetrics and gynaecology through only one postgraduate training programme. This combined training prepares the practicing OB/GYN to be adept at the care of female reproductive organs's health and at the management of obstetric complications, even through surgery.
A 'work for hire' is an exception to the general rule that the person who creates a work is the author of that work and holds all rights to the work product
physically beautiful; comely.
All Sizzle and No Steak
A thing or person which fails to measure up to its description or advanced promotion.
is a submachine gun featured in the Revolution downloadable content pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
the general pitch level or average range of a vocal or instrumental part in a musical composition.
not unusual; ordinary or common
Joseph Lyle Menendez (born January 10, 1968) and Erik Galen Menendez (born November 27, 1970) are brothers who are known for their conviction in 1994, as a result of a much-publicized trial, for the shotgun murders of their wealthy parents, entertainment executive Jose Menendez and his wife Mary "Kitty" Menendez of Beverly Hills, California, in 1989. They were sentenced to life in prison.
Frequently asked questions, abbreviated to FAQ, are listed questions and answers, all supposed to be commonly asked in some context, and pertaining to a particular topic. The format is commonly used on email mailing lists and other online forums, where certain common questions tend to recur.
The Enron Scandal
revealed in October 2001, eventually led to the bankruptcy of the Enron Corporation, an American energy company based in Houston, Texas, and the de facto dissolution of Arthur Andersen, which was one of the five largest audit and accountancy partnerships in the world. In addition to being the largest bankruptcy reorganization in American history at that time, Enron was attributed as the biggest audit failure
S&H Green Stamps (also called Green Shield Stamps)
were trading stamps popular in the United States from the 1930s until the late 1980s.
A color commentator (color analyst, analyst, summariser)
is a sports commentator who assists the play-by-play announcer, often by filling in any time when play is not in progress. The color analyst and main commentator will often exchange comments freely throughout the broadcast, when the play-by-play announcer is not describing the action.
"The medium is the message"
is a phrase coined by Marshall McLuhan meaning that the form of a medium embeds itself in the message, creating a symbiotic relationship by which the medium influences how the message is perceived.
In slang, a Mickey Finn (or simply Mickey) is a drink laced with a drug (especially chloral hydrate) given to someone without their knowledge in order to incapacitate them. Serving someone a Mickey is most commonly referred to as slipping someone a mickey, but it is sometimes spelled "mickie"
Funk & Wagnalls
was an American publisher known for its reference works, including A Standard Dictionary of the English Language (1st ed. 1894), and the Funk & Wagnalls Standard Encyclopedia (25 volumes, 1st ed. 1912).
having a fantastic or deceptive appearance, as something in a dream or created by the imagination.
Phantasm [fan-taz-uh m]
1. an apparition or specter. 2. a creation of the imagination or fancy; fantasy.
Diffusion of Innovations
is a theory that seeks to explain how, why, and at what rate new ideas and technology spread through cultures.
Spoils of War (plural only)
Any profits extracted as the result of winning a war or other military activity.
Artists who lead a feast-or-famine life.
characterized by alternating, extremely high and low degrees of prosperity, success, volume of business, etc.
A filigree of frost.
anything very delicate or fanciful
"Chew the fat" or "chew the rag"
are English expressions for gossiping or making friendly small talk.
Dad keeps on telling that old chestnut about how many psychiatrists it takes to change a light bulb.
A stale joke, story, or saying
We used boxes as a makeshift while the kitchen chairs were being painted.
a temporary expedient or substitute
is a smooth, progressive dance characterized by long, continuous flowing movements across the dance floor. It is danced to big band (usually vocal) music. The dance is similar in its look to waltz, although the rhythm is in a 4/4 time signature instead of 3/4. Developed in the 1910s, the foxtrot reached its height of popularity in the 1930s, and remains practiced today.
You don't need a green thumb to grow the...
(informal) natural talent for growing plants.
A Thorn in Somebody's/Something's Side
Most teachers usually have one student in their class who is a thorn in their side.
somebody/something someone or something that continually causes problems
Bank Stress Test
An analysis conducted under unfavorable economic scenarios which is designed to determine whether a bank has enough capital to withstand the impact of adverse developments. Stress tests can either be carried out internally by banks as part of their own risk management, or by supervisory authorities as part of their regulatory oversight of the banking sector. These tests are meant to detect weak spots in the banking system at an early stage, so that preventive action can be taken by the banks and regulators. These tests are meant to detect weak spots in the banking system at an early stage, so that preventive action can be taken by the banks and regulators.
is an acronym for the phrase What's in it for me? The term is used in sales and marketing, where salespeople are often required to understand why people will buy their product or service, as opposed to simply seeking the biggest paycheck.
to free or remove (someone or something) from something (such as a trap or a difficult situation)
Judge, Jury and Executioner
If someone is said to be the judge, jury, and executioner, it means they are in charge of every decision made, and they have the power to be rid of whomever they choose.
"If you want a friend, buy/get a dog”
(a dog is well known as “man’s best friend") is a saying that’s been cited in print since at least 1911. U.S. President Harry S. Truman (1884-1972) is often credited with saying “If you want a friend in Washington, buy a dog,” but there is no evidence that he ever said it. “You want a friend in life, get a dog!” is a line in the play Give ‘em hell, Harry(1975).
Customer Acquisition Cost
is the cost associated in convincing a customer to buy a product/service. This cost is incurred by the organization to convince a potential customer. This cost is inclusive of the product cost as well as the cost involved in research, marketing, and accessibility costs.
Sleight of Hand
a cleverly executed trick or deception
The Chupacabra or Chupacabras
(Spanish pronunciation: [tʃupaˈkaβɾas], from chupar "to suck" and cabra "goat", literally "goat sucker") is a legendary cryptid rumored to inhabit parts of the Americas, with the first sightings reported in Puerto Rico. The name comes from the animal's reported habit of attacking and drinking the blood of livestock, especially goats.
A stealth juror or rogue juror is a person who, motivated by a hidden agenda in reference to a legal case, attempts to be seated on the jury and to influence the outcome
a supernatural being in folklore and children's stories, typically portrayed as small and humanlike in form, with pointed ears and a pointed hat, and mischievous in character
The States' Rights Democratic Party (usually called the Dixiecrats) was a short-lived segregationist political party in the United States in 1948. It originated as a breakaway faction of the Democratic Party in 1948, determined to protect what they portrayed as the southern way of life beset by an oppressive federal government, and supporters assumed control of the state Democratic parties in part or in full in several Southern states.
is a nickname for the southern portion of the San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California in the United States. It is home to many of the world's largest technology corporations, as well as thousands of tech startup companies.
Kilimanjaro [kil-uh-muh n-jahr-oh]
a volcanic mountain in N Tanzania: highest peak in Africa. 19,321 feet (5889 meters).
(from the Middle English kype) is a type of fortified tower built withincastles during the Middle Ages by European nobility.
Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing is an application software program for teaching touch typing.
Checks and Balances
limits imposed on all branches of a government by vesting in each branch the right to amend or void those acts of another that fall within its purview.
strong desire to travel
Pink slime is defined as finely ground beef scraps, fat and tissue that have been made into a protein paste and treated to kill bacteria, to become a meat additive that is added into ground beef and processed meats as filler.
A Picardy Third
is a harmonic device used in Western classical music. It refers to the use of a major chord of the tonic at the end of a musical section that is either modal or in a minor key. This is achieved by raising the third of the expected minor triad by a semitone to create a major triad, as a form of resolution
They coerced him into signing the document.
to compel by force, intimidation, or authority, especially without regard for individual desire or volition
The nine circles of Hell
Allegorically, the Inferno represents the Christian soul seeing sin for what it really is. What the three beasts may represent has been the subject of much controversy over the centuries, but one suggestion is that they represent three types of sin: the self-indulgent, the violent, and the malicious. These three types of sin also provide the three main divisions of Dante's Hell: Upper Hell (the first 5 Circles) for the self-indulgent sins, Circles 6 and 7 for the violent sins, and Circles 8 and 9 for the malicious sins.
Brick and Mortar
A traditional "street-side" business that deals with its customers face to face in an office or store that the business owns or rents. The local grocery store and the corner bank are examples of "brick and mortar" companies. Brick and mortar businesses can find it difficult to compete with web-based businesses because the latter usually have lower operating costs and greater flexibility.
a small bouquet worn at the waist, on the shoulder, on the wrist, etc., by a woman.
In this month General Haig decided to play his trump card: the tank
a valuable resource that may be used, especially as a surprise, in order to gain an advantage
or set diagram is a diagram that shows all possible logical relations between a finite collection of sets.
development at an increasingly rapid rate in proportion to the growing total number or size; a constant rate of growth applied to a continuously growing base over a period of time
A company name which is more commonly used for a type of multiple-choice test answer sheets.
The theory that stocks tend to decline during the month of October. The October effect is considered mainly to be a psychological expectation rather than an actual phenomenon. Most statistics go against the theory.
is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). A Scout who attains this rank is called an Eagle Scout or Eagle. Since its introduction in 1911, the Eagle Scout rank has been earned by more than two million young men.
Jeffrey Preston "Jeff" Bezos
is an American business magnate and investor. He is a technology entrepreneur who has played a key role in the growth of e-commerce as the founder and CEO of Amazon.com, an online merchant of books and later of a wide variety of products.
Sell In May and Go Away
A well-known trading adage that warns investors to sell their stock holdings in May to avoid a seasonal decline in equity markets. The "sell in May and go away" strategy is that an investor who sells his or her stock holdings in May and gets back into the equity market in November - thereby avoiding the typically volatile May-October period - would be much better off than an investor who stays in equities throughout the year.
a writ from a superior court to an inferior court or to an officer, corporation, etc., commanding that a specified thing be done.
The last hour of stock trading between 3pm (when the bond market closes) and 4pm EST. Witching hour is typically controlled by large professional traders, program traders and large institutional traders, and can be characterized by higher-than-average volatility.
Companies that continue to operate even though they are insolvent or near bankruptcy. Zombies often become casualties to the high costs associated with certain operations, such as research and development. Most analysts expect zombie companies to be unable to meet their financial obligations. Also known as the "living dead" or "zombie stocks".
Habeas Corpus [hey-bee-uh s kawr-puhs]
(Law) a writ requiring a person to be brought before a judge or court, especially for investigation of a restraint of the person's liberty, used as a protection against illegal imprisonment.
is the term associated with the major reorganization of U.S. President Gerald R. Ford's Cabineton November 4, 1975. Several prominent moderate Republicans in the administration were replaced by more conservative figures.
An investment technique in which an investor sells stocks before May 1 and refrains from reinvesting in the stock market until October 31, in order to increase capital gains. The Halloween strategy is based on the premise that most capital gains are made between October 31 (Halloween) and May 1, and that the other six months of the year should be spent investing in other investment types or not at all.
A Latin term meaning "for the sake of form". In the investing world, it describes a method of calculating financial results in order to emphasize either current or projected figures.
A financial ratio that measures the extent of a company’s or consumer’s leverage. The debt ratio is defined as the ratio of total debt to total assets, expressed in percentage, and can be interpreted as the proportion of a company’s assets that are financed by debt.
things that contribute to bodily comfort and ease, as food, warmth, a comfortable bed, hot water for bathing, etc.
a person or organization that automatically approves everything that someone does or decides
a strong supporter of a party, cause, or person.
Educational reform received considerable bipartisan approval
of or involving the agreement or cooperation of two political parties that usually oppose each other's policies.
The Confraternity of Christian Doctrine was an association established at Rome in 1562 for the purpose of giving religious education. Its modern usage, often abbreviated CCD or C.C.D., is a religious education program of the Roman Catholic Church, normally designed for children.
is to ask strangers for money in a public place (such as on a sidewalk), though not all panhandlers are homeless. The NEOCH estimates that only 40% - 60% of panhandlers are actually homeless.
Fight (somebody/something) tooth and nail
We fought tooth and nail to keep our share of the business
to use a lot of effort to oppose someone or achieve something
Eaten bread is soon forgotten
Kind deeds or favours are often forgotten by the beneficiary/beneficiaries once they have been done.
An asset that can be converted into cash quickly and with minimal impact to the price received. Liquid assets are generally regarded in the same light as cash because their prices are relatively stable when they are sold on the open market.
a card listing, in order, the names of the partners with whom a woman has agreed to dance at a formal ball or party.
Get rid of your pie-in-the-sky ideas! What these pie-in-the-sky people really want is money.
having to do with a hope for a special reward.
something that will continue to make someone very rich or successful for a long time
Markets for buying and selling equity and debt instruments. Capital markets channel savings and investment between suppliers of capital such as retail investors and institutional investors, and users of capital like businesses, government and individuals. Capital markets are vital to the functioning of an economy, since capital is a critical component for generating economic output. Capital markets include primary markets, where new stock and bond issues are sold to investors, and secondary markets, which trade existing securities.
Net Operating Income- NOI
A calculation used to analyze real estate investments that generate income. Net operating income equals all revenue from the property minus all reasonably necessary operating expenses. Aside from rent, a property might also generate revenue from parking and service fees, like vending and laundry machines. Operating expenses are those required to run and maintain the building and its grounds, such as insurance, property management fees, utilities, property taxes, repairs and janitorial fees. NOI is a before-tax figure; it also excludes principal and interest payments on loans, capital expenditures, depreciation and amortization.
The percentage of an industry or market's total sales that is earned by a particular company over a specified time period. Market share is calculated by taking the company's sales over the period and dividing it by the total sales of the industry over the same period. This metric is used to give a general idea of the size of a company to its market and its competitors.
Law Of Demand
A microeconomic law that states, all other factors being equal, as the price of a good or service increases, consumer demand for the good or service will decrease, and vice versa. The law of demand says that the higher the price, the lower the quantity demanded, because consumers’ opportunity cost to acquire that good or service increases, and they must make more tradeoffs to acquire the more expensive product.
The risk inherent to the entire market or an entire market segment. Systematic risk, also known as “undiversifiable risk,” “volatility” or “market risk,” affects the overall market, not just a particular stock or industry. This type of risk is both unpredictable and impossible to completely avoid. It cannot be mitigated through diversification, only through hedging or by using the right asset allocation strategy.
Factors Of Production
An economic term to describe the inputs that are used in the production of goods or services in the attempt to make an economic profit. The factors of production include land, labor, capital and entrepreneurship.
Never Trust a Skinny Cook
The meaning is that you shouldn't trust a skinny cook's food to taste good or else they wouldn't be so skinny.
Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt
It means don't take advice from someone who doesn't know what they are doing. For example, don't try to take instructions for fixing your computer from someone who has never used a computer before.
The I-35W Mississippi River Bridge (officially known as Bridge 9340)
was an eight-lane, steel truss arch bridge that carriedInterstate 35W across the Saint Anthony Falls of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. During the evening rush hour on August 1, 2007, it suddenly collapsed, killing 13 people and injuring 145. The bridge was Minnesota's fifth busiest, carrying 140,000 vehicles daily. The NTSB cited a design flaw as the likely cause of the collapse, noting that too-thin gusset plate ripped along a line of rivets, and asserted that additional weight on the bridge at the time of the collapse contributed to the catastrophic failure
If Mohammed will not go to the mountain, the mountain must come to Mohammed
They never visit me now they have a family. Well, if Mohammed won't go to the mountain, the mountain must come to Mohammed.
something that you say which means that if someone will not come to you, you have to go to them
Extemporaneous [ik-stem-puh-rey-nee-uh s]
An extemporaneous speech.
done, spoken, performed, etc., without special advance preparation; impromptu
a situation or problem presenting such difficulties as to discourage or defeat any attempt to deal with or resolve it.
Dog and pony show
is a colloquial term which has come to mean a highly promoted, often over-staged performance, presentation, or event designed to sway or convince opinion for political, or less often, commercial ends. Typically, the term is used in a pejorative sense to connote disdain, jocular lack of appreciation, or distrust of the message being presented or the efforts undertaken to present it
An adjustment made to a company's P/E ratio that takes into account current interest rates. The earnings multiplier is used to discount future earnings, and allows investors to compare expected growth to an amount of money invested over the same period at current rates.
The field of economics that studies the behavior of the aggregate economy. Macroeconomics examines economy-wide phenomena such as changes in unemployment, national income, rate of growth, gross domestic product, inflation and price levels.
Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)
A financial ratio that measures a company's profitability and the efficiency with which its capital is employed. Return on Capital Employed (ROCE) is calculated as: ROCE = Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) / Capital Employed
Strategic Asset Allocation
A portfolio strategy that involves setting target allocations for various asset classes, and periodically rebalancing the portfolio back to the original allocations when they deviate significantly from the initial settings due to differing returns from various assets. In strategic asset allocation, the target allocations depend on a number of factors – such as the investor’s risk tolerance, time horizon and investment objectives – and may change over time as these parameters change. Strategic asset allocation is compatible with a “buy and hold” strategy, as opposed to tactical asset allocation which is more suited to an active trading approach. Strategic and tactical asset allocation are based on modern portfolio theory, which emphasizes diversification in order to reduce risk and improve portfolio returns.
An options strategy in which an investor simultaneously holds an unequal number of long and short positions. A commonly used ratio is two short options for every option purchased.
The length of time required to recover the cost of an investment. The payback period of a given investment or project is an important determinant of whether to undertake the position or project, as longer payback periods are typically not desirable for investment positions.
The amount of money that households have available for spending and saving after income taxes have been accounted for. Disposable personal income is often monitored as one of the many key economic indicators used to gauge the overall state of the economy.
Burden of Proof
Chiefly Law the obligation to offer evidence that the court or jury couldreasonably believe, in support of a contention, failing which the casewill be lost.
Gross Rate Of Return
The total rate of return on an investment before the deduction of any fees or expenses. The gross rate of return is quoted over a specific period of time, such as a month, quarter or year. It is often quoted as the rate of return on an investment in advertising flyers and commercials.
A measurable economic factor that changes before the economy starts to follow a particular pattern or trend. Leading indicators are used to predict changes in the economy, but are not always accurate.
A macroeconomic theory to explain the cause-and-effect relationship between rising wages and rising prices, or inflation. The wage-price spiral suggests that rising wages increase disposable income, thus raising the demand for goods and causing prices to rise. Rising prices cause demand for higher wages, which leads to higher production costs and further upward pressure on prices
Any method of depreciation used for accounting or income tax purposes that allows greater deductions in the earlier years of the life of an asset.
The risk, faced by a holder of a callable bond, that a bond issuer will take advantage of the callable bond feature and redeem the issue prior to maturity. This means the bondholder will receive payment on the value of the bond and, in most cases, will be reinvesting in a less favorable environment (one with a lower interest rate).
When the price of an asset is directly linked to another price. Examples of parity price are: 1. Convertibles - the price at which a convertible security equals the value of the underlying stock. 2. Options - when an option is trading at its intrinsic value ("trading at parity"). 3. International parity - official rates for a currency in terms of other pegged currencies, typically the U.S. dollar.
a pert, impudent, or flirtatious girl
Municipal government in which legislative and administrative functions and powers are vested in an elected commission rather than in a mayor and city council.
The Double Jeopardy Clause
of the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides: "[N]or shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb . . . ."  The four essential protections included are prohibitions against, for the same offense: retrial after an acquittal; retrial after a conviction; retrial after certain mistrials; and multiple punishment
an analytic literary criticism that is marked by concentration on the language, imagery, and emotional or intellectual tensions in literary works
1900 Galveston hurricane
The Hurricane of 1900 made landfall on September 8, 1900, in the city of Galveston, Texas, in the United States. It had estimated winds of 145 miles per hour (233 km/h) at landfall, making it a Category 4 storm on the Saffir–Simpson Hurricane Scale. It was the deadliest hurricane in US history, and the second costliest hurricane in U.S. history based on the dollar's 2005 value (to compare costs with those of Hurricane Katrina and others).
Mount Vernon in Fairfax County, Virginia, near Alexandria, was the plantation home of George Washington, first President of the United States.
opposition to a government or to specific governmental laws by the use of noncooperation and other nonviolent methods, as economic boycotts and protest marches.
The Battle of the Little Bighorn
commonly referred to as Custer's Last Stand, was an armed engagement between combined forces of the Lakota, Northern Cheyenne, and Arapaho tribes, against the 7th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army. The battle, which occurred June 25–26, 1876, near the Little Bighorn River in eastern Montana Territory, was the most prominent action of the Great Sioux War of 1876.
(Of a task) such that it can never be completed.
The Gettysburg Address, one of the most quoted speeches in US history, was delivered by President Abraham Lincoln at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, four and half months after the famous battle fought there. In about two minutes, Lincoln's address redefined the American Civil War as not just a struggle for the Union, but as "a new birth of freedom" for the US and its people.
Have an Ax(e) to Grind
Tom, I need to talk to you. I have an ax to grind.
to have something to complain about
The Tragedy of the Commons
is an economics theory by Garrett Hardin, which says that individuals acting independently and rationally according to each one's self-interest, behave contrary to the whole group's long-term best interests by depleting some common resource.
You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar
This phrase would indicate that, "You make more friends by being nice than by being rude."
Tyranny of the Majority
The phrase "tyranny of the majority" (or "tyranny of the masses"), used in discussing systems of democracy and majority rule, involves the scenario in which decisions made by a majority place its interests above those of an individual or minority group, constituting active oppression comparable to that of tyrants and despots. In many cases a disliked ethnic, religious or racial group is deliberately penalized by the majority element acting through the democratic process
The act or personality of wanting to conqure everything, much as the Romans did in the time of their rule.
can be any object whose most important characteristic is its alleged power to protect its owner from danger or harm.
is an object which is believed to contain certain magical or sacramental properties which would provide good luck for the possessor or possibly offer protection from evil or harm
the psychological tendency to remember an uncompleted task rather than a completed one
(or disjointed narrative or disrupted narrative) is a narrative technique, sometimes used in literature, film, hypertext websites and other narratives, where events are portrayed, for example out of chronological order, or in other ways where the narrative does not follow the direct causality pattern of the events featured, such as parallel distinctive plot lines, dream immersions or narrating another story inside the main plot-line. It is often used to mimic the structure and recall of human memory, but has been applied for other reasons as well.
April 11, 1954
the most boring day of the 20th century
December 17, 1905 – April 1, 2002), nicknamed "White Death" by the Red Army, was a Finnish marksman. Using a modified Mosin–Nagant in the Winter War, he acquired the highest recorded number of confirmed sniper kills (505) in any major war.
The Affair of the Diamond Necklace
was an incident in the 1780s at the court of Louis XVI of France involving his wife, Queen Marie Antoinette. The reputation of the Queen, which was already tarnished by gossip, was ruined by the implication that she had participated in a crime to defraud the crown jewellers of the cost of a very expensive diamond necklace. The Affair was historically significant as one of the events that led to the French populace's disillusionment with the monarchy, which, among other causes, eventually culminated in the French Revolution.
a person (such as a political aide) whose job involves trying to control the way something (such as an important event) is described to the public in order to influence what people think about it
is a dilemma in which someone is obliged to choose between two courses of action either of which will have a detrimental effect on themselves or on someone near to them. In classical drama, this will typically involve the protagonist experiencing an inner conflict that forces them to choose between love and honour or inclination and duty.
A Hobson's Choice
is a free choice in which only one option is offered. As a person may refuse to take that option, the choice is therefore between taking the option or not; "take it or leave it".
is the London residence and principal workplace of the monarchy of the United Kingdom. Located in the City of Westminster, the palace is often at the centre of state occasions and royal hospitality. It has been a focus for the British people at times of national rejoicing.
is the ability of agents to make choices unimpeded by certain prevailing factors.
The Alpine Line
(French: Ligne Alpine) or Little Maginot Line (French: Petite Ligne Maginot) was the component of the Maginot Line that defended the southeastern portion of France.
was the ship that transported mostly English Puritans and Separatists, collectively known today as the Pilgrims, from Plymouth England to the New World. There were 102 passengers and the crew is estimated to be approximately 30 but the exact number is unknown. This voyage has become aniconic story in some of the earliest annals of American history, with its story of death and of survival in the harsh New World winter environment.
To kill the Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs
is an idiom used of an unprofitable action motivated by greed. It refers to one of Aesop's Fables, numbered 87 in the Perry Index.
Ray Comfort (born December 5, 1949)
is a New Zealand-born Christian evangelical minister, author, liar for Jesus, and video producer. He is perhaps best known for the so-called banana fallacy, in which he claimed that the perfection of the design of the banana is an example of God's hand in creation. Comfort operates his Way of the Master ministry out of Bellflower, Los Angeles, California. He has written dozens of books on the subjects of atheism, creationism, evangelism and salvation.
The banana fallacy
is a specific teleological argument for theism based on the form and function of natural objects—specifically in this case, the banana. According to Ray Comfort, the banana is "the atheist's nightmare"; as he considers its ease of use, nutritional value and "colour-coding" to be irrefutable proof of intelligent design. In its usual presentation it is humorously foolish. So much so that Comfort has since taken to using it as a joke himself (and claiming that it always had been a joke or "stand up routine"), in contrast with the quite serious tactic he originally used.
The Gish Gallop
is the debating technique of drowning the opponent in such a torrent of small arguments that their opponent cannot possibly answer or address each one in real time. More often than not, these myriad arguments are full of half-truths, lies, and straw-man arguments — the only condition is that there be many of them, not that they be particularly compelling on their own.
sometimes called the celestial teapot or cosmic teapot, is an analogy first coined by the philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872–1970) to illustrate that the philosophic burden of proof lies upon a person making scientifically unfalsifiable claims rather than shifting the burden of proof to others, specifically in the case of religion. Russell wrote that if he claims that a teapot orbits the Sun somewhere in space between the Earth and Mars, it is nonsensical for him to expect others to believe him on the grounds that they cannot prove him wrong. Russell's teapot is still referred to in discussions concerning the existence of God.
The Prince and the Pauper
is a novel by American author Mark Twain. It was first published in 1881 in Canada, before its 1882 publication in the United States. The novel represents Twain's first attempt at historical fiction. Set in 1547, it tells the story of two young boys who are identical in appearance: Tom Canty, a pauper who lives with his abusive father in Offal Court off Pudding Lane in London, and Prince Edward, son of King Henry VIII.
Capitulations of the Ottoman Empire
were contracts between the Ottoman Empire and European powers, particularly France. Turkish capitulations, or ahdnames, were generally bilateral acts whereby definite arrangements were entered into by each contracting party towards the other, not mere concessions.
Interest Rate Swap
An agreement between two parties (known as counterparties) where one stream of future interest payments is exchanged for another based on a specified principal amount.
Gross National Product (GNP)
An economic statistic that includes GDP, plus any income earned by residents from overseas investments, minus income earned within the domestic economy by overseas residents.
The study of proper business policies and practices regarding potentially controversial issues, such as corporate governance, insider trading, bribery, discrimination, corporate social responsibility and fiduciary responsibilities. Business ethics are often guided by law, while other times provide a basic framework that businesses may choose to follow in order to gain public acceptance.
The tendency of investment funds and businesses to move beyond domestic and national markets to other markets around the globe, thereby increasing the interconnectedness of different markets. Globalization has had the effect of markedly increasing not only international trade, but also cultural exchange.
A situation in which a single company or group owns all or nearly all of the market for a given type of product or service. By definition, monopoly is characterized by an absence of competition, which often results in high prices and inferior products.
The name given to the rise in stock price that occurs when Carl Icahn begins to purchase shares in a company. The Icahn lift occurs because of Mr. Icahn's reputation for creating value for the shareholders of the companies in which he takes an interest.
This occurs when a major financial institution, such as a multinational bank, defaults on its obligations that causes disruption not only in the financial system of the institution's home country, but also in the global financial system as a whole.
A method of foreign currency translation that uses exchange rates based on the time assets and liabilities are acquired or incurred. The exchange rate used also depends on the method of valuation that is used. Assets and liabilities valued at current costs use the current exchange rate and those that use historical exchange rates are valued at historical costs.
Flight To Quality
The action of investors moving their capital away from riskier investments to the safest possible investment vehicles. This flight is usually caused by uncertainty in the financial or international markets. However, at other times, this move may be an instance of investors cutting back on the more volatile investments for the conservative ones (i.e. diversifying) without much consideration of the international markets.
An organization, usually a government agency, that issues municipal securities to raise capital for revenue-generating projects where the funds generated are used by a third party (known as the "conduit borrower") to make payments to investors. The conduit financing is typically backed by either the conduit borrower's credit or funds pledged toward the project by outside investors. If a project fails and the security goes into default, it falls to the conduit borrower's financial obligation, not the conduit issuer.
The party in a financing arrangement that provides money, property, or another asset to an intermediate entity or financed entity. A financing entity receives a fee for providing financing, and is linked to the financed entity through a chain of financing transactions across all intermediaries.
Extremely rapid or out of control inflation. There is no precise numerical definition to hyperinflation. Hyperinflation is a situation where the price increases are so out of control that the concept of inflation is meaningless.
has several meanings. In a cultural sense, it refers to the religion itself, or to the worldwide community of Christians, adherents of Christianity.
A Red Letter Day
(sometimes hyphenated as red-letter day or called scarlet day in academia) is any day of special significance.
The Path of Least Resistance
is the physical or metaphorical pathway that provides the least resistance to forward motion by a given object or entity, among a set of alternative paths. The concept is often used to describe why an object or entity takes a given path.
Our Victorian bric-a-brac and furniture were white elephants.
a possession unwanted by the owner but difficult to dispose of
Bethlehem Steel Corporation
was America's second-largest steel producer and largest shipbuilder.
Dictated But Not Read
is a phrase used at the end of a text to warn that the written material has not been personally written or verified by the author. The material may have been dictated to a secretary when the author had no time to proofread or edit it.
1. a misapplied or inappropriate name or designation. 2. an error in naming a person or thing.
The Cornell note-taking system is a note-taking system devised in the 1950s by Walter Pauk, an education professor atCornell University. Pauk advocated its use in his best-selling book How to Study in College
The United States presidential election of 1912
was the 32nd quadrennial presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 5, 1912. The election was a rare four-way contest.
The Teapot Dome scandal
was a bribery incident that took place in the United States from 1920 to 1923, during the administration of President Warren G. Harding. Secretary of the Interior Albert B. Fall had leased Navy petroleum reserves at Teapot Dome in Wyomingand two other locations in California to private oil companies at low rates without competitive bidding.
The Square Deal
was President Theodore Roosevelt's domestic program formed upon three basic ideas: conservation of natural resources, control of corporations, and consumer protection.
Burrhus Frederic (B. F.) Skinner (March 20, 1904 – August 18, 1990) was an American psychologist, behaviorist, author, inventor, and social philosopher. He was the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard University from 1958 until his retirement in 1974. Skinner believed that human free will is an illusion and that any human action is the result of the consequences of the same action. If the consequences are bad, there is a high chance that the action will not be repeated; however if the consequences are good, the actions that led to it will become more probable
is used to describe the tension many Jews feel sitting on the sidelines, unable to fully enjoy or participate in the distinctly Christian themes and activities occurring all around.
A strategy used by corporations to discourage hostile takeovers. With a poison pill, the target company attempts to make its stock less attractive to the acquirer.
The Pac-Man Defense
is a strategy in which a company that is facing a hostile takeover from another company essentially turns the tables and attempts to purchase the would-be buyer.
Sale of the Crown Jewels
A takeover-defense tactic that involves the sale of the target company's prized and most coveted assets - the "crown jewels" - so as to reduce its attractiveness to the hostile bidder. The sale of a company's best assets will leave it as a mere shadow of its former self. This is a type of "kamikaze" defense tactic, which inflicts potentially irreversible damage on a company to prevent it from being acquired by a hostile party.
is the adage that "work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion".
A shoestring budget
a very small or petty amount of money
"86","86ed", "86'd", or eighty-sixed when used as a verb in American English, is a slang term for getting rid of something, ejecting someone, or refusing service.
a poisonous drink made from this plant
Newton's Laws of Motion
are three physical laws that together laid the foundation forclassical mechanics. They describe the relationship between a body and the forces acting upon it, and its motion in response to said forces.
A company's main accounting records. A general ledger is a complete record of financial transactions over the life of a company.
Any good exchanged during commerce, which includes goods traded on a commodity exchange.
Advance payments or unearned revenue, recorded on the recipient's balance sheet as a liability, until the services have been rendered or products have been delivered. Deferred revenue is a liability because it refers to revenue that has not yet been earned, but represents products or services that are owed to the customer. As the product or service is delivered over time, it is recognized as revenue on the income statement.
Multinational Corporation (MNC)
A corporation that has its facilities and other assets in at least one country other than its home country. Such companies have offices and/or factories in different countries and usually have a centralized head office where they co-ordinate global management. Very large multinationals have budgets that exceed those of many small countries.
A tool that identifies the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of an organization. Specifically, SWOT is a basic, straightforward model that assesses what an organization can and cannot do as well as its potential opportunities and threats.
A quick method of calculating the interest charge on a loan. Simple interest is determined by multiplying the interest rate by the principal by the number of periods.
Special Administrative Region - SAR
Unique geographical areas with a high degree of autonomy set up by the People's Republic of China.
Annual Percentage Rate - APR
The annual rate that is charged for borrowing (or made by investing), expressed as a single percentage number that represents the actual yearly cost of funds over the term of a loan. This includes any fees or additional costs associated with the transaction.
An economic measure of consumer satisfaction, which is calculated by analyzing the difference between what consumers are willing to pay for a good or service relative to its market price. A consumer surplus occurs when the consumer is willing to pay more for a given product than the current market price.
Free Carrier - FCA
A trade term requiring the seller to deliver goods to a named airport, terminal, or other place where the carrier operates. Costs for transportation and risk of loss transfer to the buyer after delivery to the carrier.
Law Of Supply And Demand
A theory explaining the interaction between the supply of a resource and the demand for that resource. The law of supply and demand defines the effect that the availability of a particular product and the desire (or demand) for that product has on price. Generally, if there is a low supply and a high demand, the price will be high. In contrast, the greater the supply and the lower the demand, the lower the price will be.
A factor of overall unemployment that relates to the cyclical trends in growth and production that occur within the business cycle. When business cycles are at their peak, cyclical unemployment will be low because total economic output is being maximized. When economic output falls, as measured by the gross domestic product (GDP), the business cycle is low and cyclical unemployment will rise.
An increase in the value of a capital asset (investment or real estate) that gives it a higher worth than the purchase price. The gain is not realized until the asset is sold.
sometimes called a brank's bridle or simply branks, was an instrument of punishment used primarily on women, as a form of torture and public humiliation. The device was an iron muzzle in an iron framework that enclosed the head.
Maslow's hierarchy of needs
is a theory in psychology proposed by Abraham Maslow in his 1943 paper "A Theory of Human Motivation" in Psychological Review. Maslow subsequently extended the idea to include his observations of humans' innate curiosity. His theories parallel many other theories of human developmental psychology, some of which focus on describing the stages of growth in humans. Maslow used the terms "physiological", "safety", "belongingness" and "love", "esteem", "self-actualization" and "self-transcendence" to describe the pattern that human motivations generally move through.
Rock of Gibraltar [gi-brawl-ter]
The bible is my rock of Gibralter
any person or thing that has strength and endurance that can berelied on.
No One Ever Kicks a Dead Dog
Dale Carnegie said, “Unjust criticism is often a disguised compliment. It often means that you have aroused jealousy and envy. Remember that no one ever kicks a dead dog.”
70 x 7
This is a reference as to how many times you should forgive others for hurting you, betraying you, etc. Obviously there is no real limit (seventy times seven) as to how many times you should forgive someone, the point of this passage is just to say that you should constantly forgive, as God does
The Cullinan Diamond
was the largest non carbonado and largestgem-quality diamond ever found, at 3106.75 carat (621.35 g, 1.37 lb) rough weight. About 10.5 cm (4.1 inches) long in its largest dimension, it was found on 26 January 1905, in the Premier No. 2 mine, near Pretoria, South Africa.
Benjamin "Benji" Wilson Jr.
known locally as Smooth Operatoror Young Fresh, (March 18, 1967 – November 21, 1984) was an American high school basketball player from Chicago who was murdered two days before the start of his senior basketball season after conflict with two students from a nearby school. Wilson was the first Chicago basketball player to be named the top high school basketball player in the country
A document expressing a person's wishes about critical care when he or she is unable to decide for him or herself. However, it does not authorize anyone to act on a person's behalf or make decisions the way a power of attorney would
10 second car
A car that can complete a quarter mile starting from a standstill in 10 seconds or less
To recognize that one has been shown to be mistaken or outdone, especially by admitting that one has made a humiliating error.
An individual who is bullish on gold. Gold bugs believe that gold is still a stable source of wealth, like it was during the years of the gold standard international currency system. A gold bug invests in gold for what he or she perceives as financial security in the event of a currency devaluation, and often also believes that the price of gold will continue to rise in the future.
The Financial Crisis of 2007–2008
also known as the Global Financial Crisis and 2008 financial crisis, is considered by many economists to have been the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. It threatened the total collapse of large financial institutions, which was prevented by thebailout of banks by national governments, but stock markets still dropped worldwide.
Chickens Come Home to Roost
Opponents see the latest indictments as a case of chickens coming home to roost.
A person's past wrongdoings will always return to negatively affect them.
a small peg or plug for stopping the vent of a cask
The main economic system used during the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries. The main goal was to increase a nation's wealth by imposing government regulation concerning all of the nation's commercial interests. It was believed that national strength could be maximized by limiting imports via tariffs and maximizing exports.
Refers to a company's net earnings, net income or earnings per share (EPS). Bottom line also refers to any actions that may increase/decrease net earnings or a company's overall profit. A company that is growing its net earnings or reducing its costs is said to be "improving its bottom line".
The ratio comparing the change in the price of the underlying asset to the corresponding change in the price of a derivative. Sometimes referred to as the "hedge ratio."
Joint Venture- JV
A business arrangement in which two or more parties agree to pool their resources for the purpose of accomplishing a specific task. This task can be a new project or any other business activity. In a joint venture (JV), each of the participants is responsible for profits, losses and costs associated with it. However, the venture is its own entity, separate and apart from the participants' other business interests.
Interest calculated on the initial principal and also on the accumulated interest of previous periods of a deposit or loan. Compound interest can be thought of as "interest on interest," and will make a deposit or loan grow at a faster rate than simple interest, which is interest calculated only on the principal amount. The rate at which compound interest accrues depends on the frequency of compounding; the higher the number of compounding periods, the greater the compound interest. Thus, the amount of compound interest accrued on $100 compounded at 10% annually will be lower than that on $100 compounded at 5% semi-annually over the same time period. Compound interest is also known as compounding.
Waiver Of Subrogation
A special type of endorsement on a property-casualty insurance policy. The Waiver of Subrogation prohibits the insurer from attempting to seek restitution from a third party who causes any kind of loss to the insured. This type of arrangement is allowable under certain circumstances where the insured could be held liable for a claim that is paid.
Stratified Random Sampling
A method of sampling that involves the division of a population into smaller groups known as strata. In stratified random sampling, the strata are formed based on members' shared attributes or characteristics. A random sample from each stratum is taken in a number proportional to the stratum's size when compared to the population. These subsets of the strata are then pooled to form a random sample.
An agreement that gives an investor the right (but not the obligation) to buy a stock, bond, commodity, or other instrument at a specified price within a specific time period.
A Gantt chart is a visual representation of a project schedule. A type of bar chart, a Gantt charts show the start and finish dates of the different required elements of a project. Henry Laurence Gantt, an American mechanical engineer, is recognized for developing the Gantt chart.
Darvas Box Theory
A trading strategy that was developed in 1956 by former ballroom dancer Nicolas Darvas. Darvas' trading technique involved buying into stocks that were trading at new 52-week highs with correspondingly high volumes.
Santa Claus Rally
A surge in the price of stocks that often occurs in the week between Christmas and New Year's Day. There are numerous explanations for the Santa Claus Rally phenomenon, including tax considerations, happiness around Wall Street, people investing their Christmas bonuses and the fact that the pessimists are usually on vacation this week.
Christmas Island Dollar
The former currency of Christmas Island, an Australian island in the Indian Ocean that was discovered on December 25, 1643. Today, the Christmas Island dollar is obsolete, with Christmas Island now using the Australian dollar. This switch from the use of a local currency to the use of another jurisdiction's currency is called dollarization and is a common phenomenon throughout the world. Dollarization can help a country obtain currency stability and encourage both domestic and foreign investment. The Australian dollar is one of the most frequently traded currencies in the foreign exchange market.
Boston Snow Indicator
A market theory that states that a white Christmas in Boston will result in rising stock prices for the following year. For example, in Christmas of 1995, Boston received snow and the following year, the S&P 500 increased by more than 20%.
A short-term savings account that usually pays out the full account balance to its account holders once each year, right before Christmas. Christmas club accounts pay depositors monthly interest on their account balances and often punish early withdrawals by retracting interest earned if money is taken out before a given date.
An options trading strategy that is generally achieved by purchasing one call option and selling two other call options at different strike prices. When drawn structurally, the strike price of the long option is located below the two successively higher written calls and loosely resembles a Christmas tree.
A trust fund is a fund comprised of a variety of assets intended to provide benefits to an individual or organization. The trust fund is established by a grantor to provide financial security to an individual, most often a child or grandchild - or organizations, such as a charity or other non-profit organization.
The basic economic problem that arises because people have unlimited wants but resources are limited. Because of scarcity, various economic decisions must be made to allocate resources efficiently.
Risk-Free Rate Of Return
The theoretical rate of return of an investment with zero risk. The risk-free rate represents the interest an investor would expect from an absolutely risk-free investment over a specified period of time.
Any equity or debt instrument that it readily salable and can be converted into cash, or exchanged with ease. Stocks, bonds, short-term commercial paper and certificates of deposit are all considered marketable securities because there is a public demand for them and because they can be readily converted into cash.
Delivered Duty Paid (DDP)
A transaction in which the seller must pay for all of the costs related to transporting the goods and is responsible in full for the goods until they have been received and transfered to the buyer. This includes paying for the shipping, the duties and any other expenses incurred while shipping the goods.
A measure that determines the degree to which two variable's movements are associated.
Securities And Exchange Commission (SEC)
A government commission created by Congress to regulate the securities markets and protect investors. In addition to regulation and protection, it also monitors the corporate takeovers in the U.S. The SEC is composed of five commissioners appointed by the U.S. President and approved by the Senate.
Long (or Long Position)
1. The buying of a security such as a stock, commodity or currency, with the expectation that the asset will rise in value. 2. In the context of options, the buying of an options contract. Opposite of "short" (or short position).
Death Star IPO
A company's highly anticipated initial public offering (IPO) that becomes a blockbuster with investors. The Death Star IPO is a reference to the DS-1 Orbital Battle Station, also more popularly know as the "Death Star," from the movie "Star Wars."
Margin creep refers to the behavior of a company that chooses to focus only on the high-end, high-margin products, even if customers show an inclination towards more value-oriented products and/or services. A product's margin is the difference between the cost of the good or service and the retail price; the greater the difference, the higher the margin.
In The Money
1. For a call option, when the option's strike price is below the market price of the underlying asset. 2. For a put option, when the strike price is above the market price of the underlying asset.Being in the money does not mean you will profit, it just means the option is worth exercising. This is because the option costs money to buy.
A trading system that involves human decision-making for entering and exiting trades. This is in contrast to automatic trading, which employs programs linked to market data, which are able to originate trades based on human instructional criteria. Manual traders often employ computer programs in order to consolidate information. In some cases, they may also set automated indicators to alert them to potential trading opportunities. However, in all cases, human input is required to authorize trades.
Used in regards to performance on a contract, malfeasance is an act of outright sabotage in which one party to the contract commits an act which causes intentional damage. A party that incurs damages by malfeasance is entitled to settlement through a civil law suit.
Putting Lipstick on a Pig
one of our favorite phrases of corporate America – is used to basically say that trying to make something hopelessly ugly with a small improvement is pointless. Because a pig is really ugly – putting lipstick on it is completely pointless, and doesn’t make it look any prettier.
In the military, D-Day is the day on which a combat attack or operation is to be initiated. The best known D-Day is June 6, 1944—the day of the Normandy landings—initiating the Western Allied effort to liberate mainland Europe from Nazi occupation during World War II. However, many other invasions and operations had a designated D-Day, both before and after that operation.
The Smithsonian Institution
established in 1846 "for the increase and diffusion of knowledge," is a group of museums and research centers administered by the United States government.
Frank Lloyd Wright (born Frank Lincoln Wright, June 8, 1867 – April 9, 1959)
was an American architect, interior designer, writer, and educator, who designed more than 1,000 structures and completed 532.
Carl von Liebermeister (February 2, 1833 – December 24, 1901)
was a German internist who was a native of Ronsdorf. Liebermeister is remembered for his work involving the pathophysiology of fever, and research of anti-pyretic treatments such as hydrotherapy.
The Ford Model T
The Ford Model T (colloquially known as the Tin Lizzie, Tin Lizzy,T‑Model Ford, Model T, or T) is an automobile that was produced by Henry Ford's Ford Motor Company from October 1, 1908, to May 27, 1927. It is generally regarded as the first affordableautomobile, the car that opened travel to the common middle-class American
There's more than one way to skin a cat
Jill: How will we fix the sink without a wrench? Jane: There's more than one way to skin a cat.
You can always find more than one way to do something.
Gross domestic product (GDP) is defined by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) as "an aggregate measure of production equal to the sum of the gross values added of all resident institutional units engaged in production (plus any taxes, and minus any subsidies, on products not included in the value of their outputs).
Powder Your Nose
Would you get me another drink while I go and powder my nose?
a polite or humorous way of saying that you are going to go to the toilet
To Burn the Midnight Oil
He was burning the midnight oil to finish his paper.
To work studiously, especially late into the night.
A type of mutual fund with a portfolio constructed to match or track the components of a market index, such as the Standard & Poor's 500 Index (S&P 500). An index mutual fund is said to provide broad market exposure, low operating expenses and low portfolio turnover.
Dividend Discount Model (DDM)- A procedure for valuing the price of a stock by using predicted dividends and discounting them back to present value. The idea is that if the value obtained from the DDM is higher than what the shares are currently trading at, then the stock is undervalued.
The Moscow–Washington hotline
is a system that allows direct communication between the leaders of the United States and Russia.
The Cuban Missile Crisis
was a 13-day confrontation in October 1962 between the United States and the Soviet Union over Soviet ballistic missiles deployed in Cuba. It played out on television worldwide and was the closest the Cold War came to escalating into a full-scale nuclear war.
Kula, also known as the Kula exchange or Kula ring, is a ceremonial exchange system conducted in the Milne Bay Province of Papua New Guinea. The Kula ring was made famous by the father of modern anthropology, Bronislaw Malinowski, who used this test case to argue for the universality of rational decision making (even among 'natives'), and for the cultural nature of the object of their effort.
The Sheep and the Goats
or "The Judgment of the Nations" is a discourse of Jesus recorded in the New Testament. It is sometimes characterized as a parable, although unlike most parables it does not purport to relate a story of events happening to other characters.
Key Man Insurance
Key person insurance, also commonly called keyman insurance and key man insurance, is an important form of business insurance. There is no legal definition for "key person insurance". In general, it can be described as an insurance policy taken out by a business to compensate that business for financial losses that would arise from the death or extended incapacity of an important member of the business.
The Face that Launched a Thousand Ships
A reference to the mythological figure Helen of Troy (or some would say, to Aphrodite). Her abduction by Paris was said to be the reason for a fleet of a thousand ships to be launched into battle, initiating the Trojan Wars.
Beware of Greeks Bearing Gifts
Do not trust enemies who bring you presents — they could very well be playing a trick. The saying is adapted from the words of Laocoon in the storyof the Trojan horse.
is a euphonious term for an unusually large example of a class of object
to search for and expose real or alleged corruption, scandal, or the like, especially in politics.
Go Skateboarding Day
(GSD) is an official annual holiday conceived by the International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC) to promote skateboarding. It is usually marked on June 21.
(1 June 1882 – 25 March 1937) was an English poet and dramatist.
Mother's attic was a treasure-trove of memorabilia.
anything of the nature of treasure or a treasury that one finds
The Fourth Wall
is the imaginary "wall" at the front of the stage in a traditional three-walled box set in a proscenium theatre, through which the audience sees the action in the world of the play
Oliver Twist, subtitled The Parish Boy's Progress, is the second novel by English author Charles Dickens, published by Richard Bentley in 1838. The story is about an orphan, Oliver Twist, who endures a miserable existence in a workhouse and then is placed with an undertaker. He escapes and travels to London where he meets the Artful Dodger, leader of a gang of juvenile pickpockets. Naïvely unaware of their unlawful activities, Oliver is led to the lair of their elderly criminal trainer Fagin.
Said the actress to the bishop
is an informal (and usually vulgar) exclamation, said for humour in the form of a punch line after an inadvertent double entendre. The equivalent phrase in North America is "that's what she said".
The hooker with a heart of gold
(also the whore with a heart of gold or the tart with a heart) is a stock character involving a courtesan or prostitute with a hidden integrity and kindness. She (the character is traditionally female) is usually an example of irony: an allegedly immoral woman who demonstrates virtues absent in others
Crime and Punishment
is a novel by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky. It was first published in the literary journal The Russian Messenger in twelve monthly installments during 1866. It was later published in a single volume. It is the second of Dostoyevsky's full-length novels following his return from ten years of exile in Siberia. Crime and Punishment is considered the first great novel of his "mature" period of writing
was the first artificial Earth satellite
Exit, Voice, and Loyalty
Exit, Voice, and Loyalty (1970) is a treatise written by Albert O. Hirschman. The work hinges on a conceptual ultimatum that confronts consumers in the face of deteriorating quality of goods: either “exit” or “voice”.
To emigrate from Ireland to Australia.
to leave one country or region to settle in another; migrate
In economics, the invisible hand is a metaphor used by Adam Smith to describe unintended social benefits resulting from individual actions.
Vote with Your Feet
When the price of skiing doubled, tourists voted with their feet and just stopped going.
If you vote with your feet, you leave an organization or stop supporting, using, or buying something, and change to a new organization, service, or product
A park in which pitchers tend to perform better than they perform on average in all other parks. This in the inverse of being a hitter's park.
any kibitzer or self-styled critic or expert
Alexa Internet, Inc. is a California-based subsidiary company of Amazon.com which provides commercial web traffic data. Founded as an independent company in 1996, Alexa was acquired by Amazon in 1999. Its toolbar collects data on browsing behavior and transmits it to the Alexa website, where it is stored and analyzed, forming the basis for the company's web traffic reporting.
A metric that shows a company's overall debt situation by netting the value of a company's liabilities and debts with its cash and other similar liquid assets.
A long-term tangible piece of property that a firm owns and uses in the production of its income and is not expected to be consumed or converted into cash any sooner than at least one year's time.
Porter's 5 Forces
Named after Michael E. Porter, this model identifies and analyzes 5 competitive forces that shape every industry, and helps determine an industry's weaknesses and strengths. 1. Competition in the industry 2. Potential of new entrants into industry 3. Power of suppliers 4. Power of customers 5. Threat of substitute products
Assets that have a physical form. Tangible assets include both fixed assets, such as machinery, buildings and land, and current assets, such as inventory. The opposite of a tangible asset is an intangible asset. Nonphysical assets, such as patents, trademarks, copyrights, goodwill and brand recognition, are all examples of intangible assets.
A formal legal document, which is required by and filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, that provides details about an investment offering for sale to the public. A prospectus should contain the facts that an investor needs to make an informed investment decision. Also known as an "offer document."
A system where the government, rather than the free market, determines what goods should be produced, how much should be produced and the price at which the goods will be offered for sale. The command economy is a key feature of any communist society. China, Cuba, North Korea and the former Soviet Union are examples of countries that have command economies.
Treasury Bond (T-Bond)
A marketable, fixed-interest U.S. government debt security with a maturity of more than 10 years. Treasury bonds make interest payments semi-annually and the income that holders receive is only taxed at the federal level.
An analysis to determine the point at which revenue received equals the costs associated with receiving the revenue. Break-even analysis calculates what is known as a margin of safety, the amount that revenues exceed the break-even point. This is the amount that revenues can fall while still staying above the break-even point.
An unsecured, short-term debt instrument issued by a corporation, typically for the financing of accounts receivable, inventories and meeting short-term liabilities. Maturities on commercial paper rarely range any longer than 270 days. The debt is usually issued at a discount, reflecting prevailing market interest rates.
Key Performance Indicators- KPI
A set of quantifiable measures that a company or industry uses to gauge or compare performance in terms of meeting their strategic and operational goals. KPIs vary between companies and industries, depending on their priorities or performance criteria. Also referred to as "key success indicators (KSI)".
We grow too soon old and too late smart
“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful... that's what matters to me.”
Sit on your Hands
The President sat on his hands for three years and blamed Congress.
to do nothing, especially when you should be doing something
The Seventh Letter
of Plato is an epistle that tradition has ascribed to Plato. It is by far the longest of the epistles of Plato and gives an autobiographical account of his activities inSicily as part of the intrigues between Dion and Dionysius of Syracuse for the tyranny of Syracuse. It also contains an extended philosophical interlude concerning the possibility of writing true philosophical works and the theory of forms. Assuming that the letter is authentic, it was written after Dion was assassinated by Calippus in 353 BC and before he was in turn overthrown a year later
“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.”
a hypocritical show of sorrow; insincere tears
In Two Shakes of a Lamb's Tail
Mike was able to solve the problem in two shakes of a lamb's tail.
in a very short time; very quickly
"A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for his client"
This proverb is based on the opinion, probably first expressed by a lawyer, that self-representation in court is likely to end badly. As with many proverbs, it is difficult to determine a precise origin but this expression first began appearing in print in the early 19th century.
A bob is the weight on the end of a pendulum most commonly, but not exclusively, found in pendulum clocks.
Eat a Live Frog
Mark Twain once said that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long.
Sir Walter Raleigh (circa 1554 – 29 October 1618) was an English aristocrat, writer, poet, soldier, politician, courtier, spy, and explorer and cousin to Sir Richard Grenville. He is also well known for popularising tobacco in England. He rose rapidly in the favour of Queen Elizabeth I and was knighted in 1585. Instrumental in the English colonisation of North America, Raleigh was granted aroyal patent to explore Virginia, which paved the way for future English settlements.
An economic system in which economic decisions and the pricing of goods and services are guided solely by the aggregate interactions of a country's citizens and businesses and there is little government intervention or central planning. This is the opposite of a centrally planned economy, in which government decisions drive most aspects of a country's economic activity.
Reinvent the Wheel
is to duplicate a basic method that has already previously been created or optimized by others.
Jeffrey Adam "Duff" Goldman (born December 17, 1974) is a pastry chefand television personality.
is typically an evaluation tool or set of guidelines used to promote the consistent application of learning expectations, learning objectives, or learning standards in the classroom, or to measure their attainment against a consistent set of criteria.
The New York City blackout of 1977
was an electricity blackout that affected most of New York City on July 13–14, 1977. The only neighborhoods in the city that were not affected were in southern Queens and neighborhoods of the Rockaways, which are part of the Long Island Lighting Company system.
Energy shortages fueled by high oil prices, however, are a serious bottleneck to growth.
something that holds up progress, esp of a manufacturing process
A bankruptcy proceeding in which a company stops all operations and goes completely out of business. A trustee is appointed to liquidate (sell) the company's assets, and the money is used to pay off debt.
any procedure or action that solves a problem, simplifies a task, reduces frustration, etc, in one's everyday life
of or relating to anatomy
A situation in which an entrepreneur starts a company with little capital. An individual is said to be boot strapping when he or she attempts to found and build a company from personal finances or from the operating revenues of the new company.
The Triple Nine Society (TNS)
founded in 1978, is a 501(c)(7) non-profit voluntary association of adults who have scored at or above the 99.9th percentile on specific IQ tests (or similar) under supervised conditions, which generally corresponds to an IQ of 149 or greater using a standard deviation of 16 (e.g. Stanford-Binet IV) and 146 or greater with a standard deviation of 15 (e.g. WAIS-IV, Stanford-Binet 5)
is an online dating service aimed at Jewish singles. The service is one of a number of demographically focused online match-making websites operated by Spark Networks, Inc. The site won a 2006 Webby award for social networking.
A round of financing where investors purchase stock from a company at a lower valuation than the valuation placed upon the company by earlier investors.
the temple of Athena Parthenos on the Acropolis at Athens, completed c438 b.c. by Ictinus and Callicrates and decorated by Phidias: regarded as the finest Doric temple.
is an official statement issued by an intelligence agency to other agencies. It states that an asset or intelligence source is unreliable for one or more reasons, often fabrication. This is essentially a directive for the recipient to disregard or "burn" all information derived from that individual or group
moderation; discretion; prudence
an ear that has been deformed by repeated injury, resulting in an irregular thickening of scar tissue.
That department and the editorial department are separated by an almost impenetrable iron curtain
A barrier that prevents free exchange of ideas and information
Always the Bridesmaid, Never the Bride
Huw worked with a host of great actors, but somehow was always the bridesmaid, never the bride
used to talk about someone who is never the most important person in a situation
Appellate Court (a pell lit)
A court having jurisdiction to review decisions of a trial-level or other lower court.
is the highest court within the hierarchy of many legal jurisdictions.
is a court in which trials take place. Such courts, known also as courts of first instance, are said to have original jurisdiction.
A cost that has already been incurred and thus cannot be recovered. A sunk cost differs from other, future costs that a business may face, such as inventory costs or R&D expenses, because it has already happened. Sunk costs are independent of any event that may occur in the future.
The Melissa Virus
also known as "Mailissa", "Simpsons", "Kwyjibo", or "Kwejeebo", is a mass-mailing macro virus. As it is not a standalone program, it is not a worm. The virus is said to have infected up to 20% of computers worldwide.
may refer to: In medical science, the index case or initial patient in the population of an epidemiological investigation (Gaëtan Dugas, alleged “patient zero” of AIDS in North America)
(French: [ɡaetɑ̃ dyˈɡa]; February 20, 1953 – March 30, 1984) was a Canadian who worked for Air Canada as a flight attendant and an early AIDS patient. In March 1984, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study tracking the sexual liaisons and practices of gayand bisexual men in California, New York, and some other states found Dugas to be the center of a network of sexual partners, which led to him being dubbed "patient zero", although suspicions that he initially brought HIV to North America were disproven. He is used as an example inepidemiology of an index case.
A slang term for a significant emigration of educated or talented individuals. A brain drain can result from turmoil within a nation, from there being better professional opportunities in other countries or from people seeking a better standard of living.
Charles Philip "Chuck" Bednarik
(May 1, 1925 – March 21, 2015), or Concrete Charlie, was a professional American football player, known as one of the most devastating tacklers in the history of football and the last full-time two-way player in the National Football League. A Slovak American from the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania, Bednarik played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1949 through 1962 and, upon retirement, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967 (his first year of eligibility).
A chicken-and-egg question of whether matter or energy is the basis of the universe.
of, relating to, or being a dilemma of which of two things came first or of which is the cause and which the effect
Caenorhabditis elegans is a free-living (notparasitic), transparent nematode (roundworm), about 1 mm in length, that lives in temperate soil environments. The name is a blend of Greek (caeno- - recent, rhabditis - rod-like) and Latin (elegans - elegant). In 1900, Maupasinitially named it Rhabditides elegans, Osche placed it in the subgenus Caenorhabditis in 1952, and in 1955, Dougherty raised it to the status of genus.
a glass-enclosed room, porch, or the like, exposed to the sun's rays, as at a seaside hotel or for convalescents in a hospital.
1. (math) A number or symbol multiplied with a variable or an unknown quantity in an algebraic term, as 4 in the term 4x, or x in the term x(a + b). 2. (adjective) acting in consort; cooperating.
structure of criss-crossed strips
The Small-World Experiment
comprised several experiments conducted by Stanley Milgram and other researchers examining the average path length for social networks of people in the United States. The research was groundbreaking in that it suggested that human society is a small-world-type network characterized by short path-lengths. The experiments are often associated with the phrase "six degrees of separation", although Milgram did not use this term himself.
(August 15, 1933 – December 20, 1984) was an American social psychologist, best known for his controversial experiment on obedience conducted in the 1960s during his professorship at Yale. Milgram was influenced by the events of the Holocaust, specifically the trial of Adolf Eichmann, in developing this experiment. His small-world experiment while at Harvard would lead researchers to analyze the degree of connectedness, most notably the six degrees of separation concept.
The journalist tried to get access to proprietary information.
one that possesses, owns, or holds exclusive right to something; specifically
Don't step over the dollars to pick up the dimes mean?
It means that sometimes you need to ignore small distractions and concentrate on those things that ultimately have more value for your situation.
Basic Reproduction Number
In epidemiology, the basic reproduction number (sometimes called basic reproductive ratio, or incorrectly basic reproductive rate, and denoted R0, r nought) of an infection can be thought of as the number of cases one case generates on average over the course of its infectious period, in an otherwise uninfected population. Generally, the larger the value of R0, the harder it is to control the epidemic.
Charles Thomas "Chuck" Close
(born July 5, 1940) is an American painter and photographer who achieved fame as a photorealist, through his massive-scale portraits. Close is known for using creative and intricate patterns to portray a human portrait. Though a catastrophic spinal artery collapse in 1988 left him severely paralyzed, he has continued to paint and produce work that remains sought after by museums and collectors.
is a vertical rock formation in Yosemite National Park, located on the north side of Yosemite Valley, near its western end.
The Palm Pilot comes in many different models.
a trademark for a handheld digital organizer or personal digital assistant
He stands up when she hands him the address she's just written on the shelter letterhead. "This'll be my grubstake," he says, folding the paper into his pocket.
money or other assistance furnished at a time of need or of starting an enterprise.
(born May 28, 1969) is a Canadian politician and businessperson and is currently a Toronto City Councillor. He was Mayorof Toronto, Ontario, from 2010 to 2014. Prior to being mayor, Ford was a city councillor. He was first elected to City Council in the 2000 Toronto municipal election, and was re-elected to his council seat twice. At first discounted as a potential mayor, Ford was elected mayor in the 2010 mayoral election on a platform of reducing the "gravy train" of government expenses and taxes. During his political career, Ford has been the subject of a number of personal and work-related controversies and legal proceedings, including a conflict of interest trial that nearly resulted in his being removed from office. In 2013, he became embroiled in a substance abuse scandal, which was widely reported in the national and international media
Tulip mania (or tulipomania)
was a period in the Dutch Golden Age during which contract prices for bulbs of the recently introduced tulip reached extraordinarily high levels and then suddenly collapsed.
is a member of the drug class known asstatins, which are used primarily for lowering blood cholesterol and for prevention of events associated with cardiovascular disease.
In professional wrestling, kayfabe is the portrayal of staged events within the industry as "real" or "true," specifically the portrayal of competition, rivalries, and relationships between participants as being genuine and not of a staged or pre-determined nature. Kayfabe has also evolved to become a code word of sorts for maintaining this "reality" within the realm of the general public. Though the general public had been aware of the staged nature of professional wrestling for decades, the professional wrestling industry did not formally acknowledge this until 1989 when Vince McMahon testified before the New Jersey state senate that wrestling was staged, in order to avoid taxation on his in-house shows and pay-per-view events.
Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973),
is a landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court on the issue of abortion. Decided simultaneously with a companion case, Doe v. Bolton, the Court ruled 7–2 that a right toprivacy under the due process clause of the 14th Amendment extended to a woman's decision to have an abortion, but that this right must be balanced against the state's two legitimate interests in regulating abortions: protecting prenatal life and protecting women's health.
In his sophomore year at Harvard, Kennedy was expelled for cheating. In danger of failing a Spanish class, Kennedy paid a friend to take an exam for him. The student was recognized – and both were expelled. After a stint in the Army, Kennedy returned to Harvard, where he eventually received a degree.
Children of the Corn
is a short story by Stephen King, first published in the March 1977 issue of Penthouse, and later collected in King's 1978 collection Night Shift. The story involves a couple's exploration of a strange town and their encounters with its denizens after their vacation is sidelined by a car accident.
The Serenity Prayer
is the common name for a prayer authored by the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971). It has been adopted by Alcoholics Anonymous and other twelve-step programs. The best-known form is: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And the wisdom to know the difference.
an Islamic religious decree issued by the ʿulama.
is a 1985 science fiction novel by Carl Sagan. It deals with the theme of contact between humanity and a more technologically advanced, extraterrestrial life form.
Remington Arms Company, LLC is an American manufacturer of firearms and ammunition in the United States. It was founded in 1816 by Eliphalet Remington in Ilion, New York, as E. Remington and Sons. Remington is America's oldest gun maker and "It's America's oldest factory that still makes its original product-guns."
The chupacabra or chupacabras is a legendary cryptid rumored to inhabit parts of the Americas, with the first sightings reported in Puerto Rico. The name comes from the animal's reported habit of attacking and drinking the blood of livestock, especially goats.
an athletic contest comprising ten different track-and-field events andwon by the contestant amassing the highest total score.
Bucephalus or Bucephalas (/bjuːˈsɛfələs/; Ancient Greek: Βουκέφαλος or Βουκεφάλας, from βούς bous, "ox" and κεφαλή kephalē, "head" meaning "ox-head") (c. 355 BC – June 326 BC) was the horse of Alexander the Great, and one of the most famous actual horses of antiquity.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (Persian: محمود احمدینژاد, Mahmūd Ahmadinezhād [mæhmuːd(-e) æhmædiːnɛʒɑd], born 28 October 1956) is an Iranian politician who was the sixth President of Iran from 2005 to 2013. He was also the main political leader of the Alliance of Builders of Islamic Iran, a coalition of conservative political groups in the country.
also known as a press pot, coffee press, coffee plunger, cafetière (UK), сafetière à piston or Cafeteria is a simple coffee brewing device patented by Italian designer Attilio Calimani in 1929
A patent that covers the creation of a new or improved – and useful – product, process or machine. A utility patent, also known as a “patent for invention,” prohibits other individuals or companies from making, using or selling the invention without authorization.
is a 1985 comedy film starring Richard Pryor and John Candy based on the 1902 novel of the same name by George Barr McCutcheon. It is the seventh film based on the story, with a screenplay by Herschel Weingrod and Timothy Harris. It was directed by Walter Hill.
a photon emitted spontaneously by a radioactive substance; also: a photon of higher energy than that of an X-ray
a report or statement reflecting an audit; a final statement of account
named after the German bacteriologist Julius Richard Petri, is a shallow cylindrical glass or plastic lidded dish that biologists use to culture cells – such as bacteria – or small mosses.
is a 1982 American drama film directed by Alan J. Pakula, who adapted William Styron's novel of the same name. Meryl Streep stars as Sophie, a Polish immigrant who shares a boarding house in Brooklyn with her tempestuous lover, Nathan (Kevin Kline), and a young writer, Stingo (Peter MacNicol).
Three Hots and a Cot
Rhyming expression from the idea of three hot meals daily and a bed to sleep on.
is a dark brown Australian food paste made from leftover brewers' yeast extract with various vegetable and spice additives developed by Cyril P. Callister in Melbourne, Victoria, in 1922
A Feather in Somebody's Cap
A new television series will be another feather in his cap.
(old-fashioned) something very good that someone has done
(Surgery) plastic surgery of the nose
Cutting Off the Nose to Spite the Face
is an expression used to describe a needlessly self-destructiveover-reaction to a problem: "Don't cut off your nose to spite your face" is a warning against acting out of pique, or against pursuing revenge in a way that would damage oneself more than the object of one's anger
A Bird in the and is worth two in the bush
It's better to have a lesser but certain advantage than the possibility of a greater one that may come to nothing.
Donald Francis "Don" Draper
is a fictional character and the protagonist of AMC's television series Mad Men, portrayed by Jon Hamm.
The Strait of Messina
(Stretto di Messina in Italian language, Strittu di Missina in Sicilian) is the narrow passage between the eastern tip of Sicily (Punta del Faro) and the western tip of Calabria (Punta Pezzo) in the south of Italy.
The Flying Dutchman
(Dutch: De Vliegende Hollander) is a legendary ghost ship that can never make port and is doomed to sail the oceans forever.
mirage consisting of multiple images, as of cliffs and buildings, that are distorted and magnified to resemble elaborate castles, often seen near the Straits of Messina.
Stack the Deck
I can't get ahead at my office. Someone has stacked the cards against me. Do you really think that someone has stacked the deck? Isn't it just fate?
to arrange things against someone or something. (Originally from card playing; stacking the deck is to cheat by arranging the cards to be dealt outto one's advantage.)
Aspartame [uh-spahr-teym, a-spahr-, as-per-teym]
a white, crystalline, odorless, slightly water-soluble noncarbohydratepowder, C 14 H 18 N 2 O 5, synthesized from amino acids, that is 150–200 times as sweet as sugar: used as a low-calorie sugar substitute insoft drinks, table sweeteners, and other food products.
Snail Mail (Facetious)
physical delivery of mail, as contrasted with email.
The personal is political, (also termed The private is political)
is a political argument used as a rallying slogan of student movement and second-wave feminism from the late 1960s. It underscored the connections between personal experience and larger social and political structures.